The Florida Panthers are currently atop the Atlantic Division with a 35-13-5 record and 75 points. Of course, as with all teams, they have flaws. The Panthers’ defense could use a bit of an upgrade as they rank 15th in the NHL in goals against per game, and they’ve allowed four or more goals in their last three games. General manager Bill Zito has already shown an interest in defensemen on the market, but it wouldn’t hurt to see what the Seattle Kraken will take for their captain Mark Giordano as he is rumored to be made available.


The Illustrious Career of Mark Giordano

Giordano was acquired by the Kraken via the expansion draft from the Calgary Flames. He is one of the most accomplished players in franchise history, and in 2013, he replaced the legendary Jarome Iginla as Calgary’s captain. In the 2018-19 season, at 35 years of age, he won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman. The following season, he won the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Through 998 games, 949 with the Flames, he’s tallied 532 points (149 goals, 383 assists) and has a plus-80 career rating. At 38, he’s still one of the most decorated defensemen in the NHL.

What Does He Bring to the Table for Florida?

Giordano would bring leadership and experience to any team that wants him. He would also bring stability to the defense; he’s second on the Kraken, averaging 21:30 minutes of ice time per game. He’s talented on the penalty kill with two shorthanded goals this season and still brings talent to the game despite his age.