The Calgary Flames showed their trust in Mark Giordano in leading the team, giving their captain a six-year deal worth $40.5 million, the team confirmed Tuesday. The 31-year-old Giordano, who has been with the Flames since 2008, was the leading defensive player in scoring in the league in the 2014-2015 season with 48 points (11 goals and 37 assists) in 61 games.
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The team announcement did not include the figures of the deal, which was reported by various media outlets. "Mark has established himself over the last few years as an elite defenceman in the league," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said to The Canadian Press. "We look at it as we got our captain, our leader, our best player under a contract at what we feel is a very competitive number."
For his part, Giordano, who tore his bicep in February last season, described the terms of his contract as a “fair deal” for both sides. The injury caused Giordano to miss the rest of the year, but the veteran defenseman has reportedly recovered and will be ready when NHL training camp opens in September.
"I've been skating at 100 percent, shooting at 100 percent and working out at 100 percent for a while now," Giordano said to ESPN. "It's been well over a month of going full out. I'll be ready for camp."