Today some real August NHL hockey news actually occurred. The Calgary Flames locked up their captain Mark Giordano to a 6-year, $40.5 million contract extension. It’ll kick in after this upcoming season and carry the soon-to-be 32-year-old through the twilight of his career. He will have a full no-trade clause included for the first four years of the deal.
For those of you who don’t habla much Calgary Flames in your down time this is a relatively team-friendly deal for a world class player. Giordano was arguably the best defenseman in the NHL last season until a spring time injury ended his year. Calgary still chugged along and made it to the second round of the playoffs but he was undoubtedly missed.
There was constant chatter leading into this summer that an extension for a the legit Norris Trophy candidate would push his salary into the $8+ million per year range. Getting him at $6.75 million per is fantastic. The only knock would be the term. Six years is a long time for a guy that will essentially be 33 when this deal kicks in. But guys like Giordano don’t grow on trees. The risk is well worth it for a team that’s close to breaking out in a big way in the tough Western Conference. Giordano’s deal also essentially makes his teammate Dennis Wideman’s big contract something Calgary is going to have to move due to the fact that their core studs in Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Jiri Hudler all need new pay checks after this season.
But until then it’s steak and lobsters every night at the Giordano household. And he’s definitely earned it.