At the time I am writing this, Seattle’s captain has just come off his 1000th career NHL game against the Washington Capitals, and he becomes one of a handful of players to go undrafted and reach that milestone. Mark Giordano has had an extraordinary career for someone that everyone passed over when he was draft eligible. As a Norris winner in 2018-19, he’s had a decorated career with the Calgary Flames and now the Seattle Kraken.
One thing that is missing from Mark Giordano’s resume is Lord Stanley’s cup. With the defenseman having turned 38 in October, time is ticking for the Torontonian to get his name engraved on the most difficult trophy to win in sports. If he wants to leave his new expansion team to go somewhere in an attempt to try and do what he’s never done before, it’s likely the team will try to facilitate a move for the veteran defenseman.
Giordano is a left-shot defenseman, so it’s going to be a little awkward to get him onto the roster in a position of strength, but if the team feels they need an upgrade, they could always move that player out. Giordano is an incredible puck mover and solid at both ends of the ice… stereotypically. Gio is undergoing a down year for his high standards. Now, how much of that is Giordano and how much of that is the Kraken remains to be seen.
Capable of slotting into the top four very comfortably and playing competitive minutes, Giordano is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. At 38 years old, it’s a very real possibility that this is Giordano’s last ride in the hopes of going out and getting his name etched onto the most historic trophy in the sporting world. Carolina is a team that can give him that shot.
To get Giordano shouldn’t be nearly as expensive as the other two guys. As I talked about, he’s 38 and having a down year. You’re looking at maybe a couple of mid-round draft picks, hopefully. If Ron Francis is asking for more than that in Seattle, you probably walk the other way. He’s a nice option to have around, but paying through the nose for him at this point in his career is the wrong thing to do.