Speaking of higher quality defenders, Mark Giordano fits the bill here for Seattle. Although Giordano is about to retire quickly at the age of 37, the Calgary Flames defender and captain remains a pretty useful green pad for his age.
Mark Giordano is also a no-brainer in my mind. He can still play even without the caliber of Norris, and he will be a valuable asset at the end of the day. It doesn’t hurt that you can make him the first captain in franchise history. #SeaKraken pic.twitter.com/vVTa3qO8bh
– JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 18, 2021
Entering the final year of a six-year contract with a limit of 6.75 million dollars, Giordano would be a great fit for Seattle in their first year of existence for a reasonable salary. Not only that, he will likely drag a pretty high price into the 2022 NHL trading deadline, placing Kraken for a probable high-draft pick next season.
Giordano feels like the kind of player Seattle will keep an eye on, so don’t be surprised if he’s the pick out of Calgary.