Mark Giordano will start a new chapter of his career next season under the Seattle Kraken colors and with the dust barely settling after being selected on July 21 in the expansion draft, he must quickly turn his attention to the success he wants to know.
“It’s been crazy for 24 hours,” he told TSN on Friday. I knew the Kraken had picked me up the day before, so I jumped on a plane that morning. So many feelings and emotions go through my mind. Thinking of all the good times I had in Calgary. Then I headed to Seattle to see the city and the quality. It was a great experience going there to see the buildings and facilities. Now I can’t wait to start my new experience and a new season.”
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Despite his enthusiasm for his new challenge, Giordano will always hold a special place in his heart for Calgary Flames, who he trusted as an unpolished player at the age of 22. He spent the first 15 years of his career in Alberta.
“”three” [Brad Treliving, directeur général des Flames] And they’ve worked together for a long time and we have a great relationship. We were honest in our conversations to the end. Until I was officially selected by Kraken, I was still part of the Flames and was invested in the fate of the team. She’s trying to leave a city she’s played in for a long time, but after meeting the owners, management and a few players, I can focus on next year in Seattle.”
New team, similar role
At the age of 37, Giordano is the oldest player in his team. His background, experience, and the fact that he wore a “C” for captain on his Calgary uniform make him a reasonable candidate to be the face of Seattle’s leadership.
“As the captain of the team, you have to use these leadership qualities. We want to help the younger players as much as possible, but today’s National League stars are all in their 20s or mid 20s. We can count on players like Jordan Eberle and many others who will form a strong, young core that gives energy. to our team.”
Giordano played 949 games on the Pittman Tour, scoring 143 goals and 366 assists for 509 points. However, he only made the playoffs three times.
With only a year left on his current deal, and in the event of a bad season in Seattle, Giordano could be an ideal candidate to acquire on the trading deadline for a Stanley Cup contender looking to make a big addition.
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