The Flames understand what they are up against, as they were preparing for the worst from the get-go. Head coach Glen Gulutzan stated after the injury "we're not the first team or the last that's going to lose a star player and then have to find a way to manufacture wins." While captain Mark Giordano admitted "it's a tough blow."
Gaudreau just signed a six-year, $40.5 million extension last month, but got off to a slow start to his season. He started off with just two goals in the first 14 games, but has recently caught fire with two goals in his last three contests. Overall, he has five goals and six assists in 17 games.
The 23-year-old will be replaced by Linden Vey in the lineup, as the Flames look to boost their relevance in the Western Conference. Calgary is currently at 15 points with a dismal record of 7-11-1, as they sit in second-to-last place in the Pacific Division.