May 20, 2022

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An emotional divide for Marc Giordano

An emotional divide for Marc Giordano

Mark Giordano will open a new chapter in his career under the Seattle Kraken colors next season and the dust settles after being selected on July 21 in the expansion draft, he must quickly focus on the success he wants to know.

“It’s been very insane for 24 hours,” he told TSN on Friday. I found out that Kraken had selected me the day before and that morning I jumped on the plane. A lot of emotions and feelings go through my mind. I think of the beautiful times I spent in Calgary. Then, I went to Seattle to see the city and the draft. Going there to see the buildings and facilities is a great experience. Now I have new experience and I can’t wait to start a new season. ”

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Strong emotions

Despite being excited about his new challenge, Giordano holds a special place in his heart for the Calgary Flames, whom he believes will be his 22nd year as an untraft player. He spent the first 15 years of his career in Alberta.

“” Three ” [Brad Treliving, directeur général des Flames] And I have worked together for a long time and have a great relationship. We were honest in our conversations until the very end. Until I was officially selected by Kraken, I was still part of the Flames‌ and I invested in team work. I’ve been trying to leave the city I ‘ve been playing in lately, but after meeting the owners, management and some of the players, I can focus on Seattle next year.

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New team, similar character

At 37, Giordano is the oldest player on his team. His background, his experience and the fact that he wore Captain “C” on his uniform in Calgary made him a logical candidate to face the leadership in Seattle.

“As a team dean, you have to use these leadership qualities. We want to help the youngest players as much as possible, but the stars of the National League are in their youth or in their mid – twenties today. .

Giordano Betman played 949 games on the Tour, scoring 143 goals and 366 assists for 503 points. However, he only made the playoffs three times.

With just one year left on his current contract, and if the Seattle season is poor, Giordano is the ideal candidate to see a significant addition to the trade deadline for Stanley Cup competitors.