Don’t dither. Resist the temptation to overthink it. Mark Giordano’s your man. By a landslide if the polls aren’t rigged. “I think anyone would love to wear a ‘C’ anytime” Giordano replies asked about the possibility of being handed the captaincy of the Calgary Flames. “Any of the 750 players (in the NHL) would answer yes.” The guy is more of a lock than Nenshi on Oct. 21st. Why even Michael Cammalleri another prospective candidate given his years of service around the National Hockey League would unhesitatingly cast his ballot for No. 5. “I definitely wouldn’t turn something like that down” Cammalleri hedges during a break Wednesday in Flames’ pre-training camp fitness testing at the U of C. “Having said that my vote is . . . I think Mark Giordano would be a great captain of this group. “I’ll be up front and honest about that. He’s been here a long time. He’s a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for and being an assistant captain to him would be an honour also.” The captaincy that has been vacant left in limbo since the iconic Jarome Iginla was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 27 must be filled. No more fannying-about with the leadership issue. Time to put a new face on the franchise. Given the apple-cheeked demographics of this group installing the right person in that role is absolutely paramount in accelerating progression. Be warned it isn’t going to be an easy or simple job. Iginla if only from a sheer profile point of view will be a difficult act to follow. “We have chosen our captain” teased coach Bob Hartley late afternoon in his office listening to The Eagles warm-up for their evening concert at the Scotiabank Saddledome “but we haven’t made the announcement yet.” Giordano. Gotta be. There are apt to be more than a few long tortuous nights this winter hellish lessons to learn stinging losses to rebound from and precious little regroup time. That is always the way of scorched earth of Ground Zero of (shudder!) rebuild. So this group desperately needs a focal point that genuinely wants to be a part of it is invested for the long haul won’t be flipped to say Toronto or Tampa come the trade deadline or is only paying convenient lip service to the painful but necessary long-term strategy. Not only for the kids who’ll go in search of guidance seek out a role model to emulate but for an ever-dwindling group of returning veterans who must be held accountable and cannot be allowed to as they say in the parlance ‘shut ’er down’ content merely to put in time and collect fat paycheques if things go far south in a hurry. Mark Giordano fits every requirement. He’s got the seasoning (at 29 all 385 of his regular-season games have been contested in Calgary livery) the temperament the try. “He’s been here a long time” praises Cammalleri. “He’s a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for and being an assistant captain to him would be an honour also.”