Stars 2, Flames 1 post-game embers: The trade deadline is still a month away

Ari Yanover
January 26 2016 08:00AM

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Post-Game: Stars, Fallen

Ryan Pike
January 25 2016 09:30PM

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The Calgary Flames finished their road trip off with a whimper tonight, spending the majority of the first half of the game in their own end and generally looking like a team that was wondering when they could sleep in their own beds. Ultimately, they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Dallas Stars after spotting them a 2-0 lead, and closed out their five-game road trip with a woeful 1-3-1 record.

Here's how it happened.

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The Heat Index: Poulin His Weight

Taylor McKee
January 25 2016 02:00PM

After subjecting yourself to that Carolina game on Sunday, you, trusted Flames Nation Reader, deserve some sort of good news on this Monday morning. Fear not, the Sparks will serve as a palate cleanser from the feces-sandwich that was Sunday's game. 

It was a wild weekend for the Heat as they scratched and clawed their way back to .500 with a pair of extra time victories over the lowly Manitoba Moose and their stupid, stupid, antler-numbered sweaters. There was a lot to be very happy about for the Heat after the pair of victories, including a stellar performance between the pipes from a dark-horse contender for an NHL job

Read all about it after the jump!

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FGD #47: Seeking Salvation In Texas

Ryan Pike
January 25 2016 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames haven't been a good road team this season, going 7-13-3 this season away from home (only Edmonton has fewer road points) and 1-2-1 thus far on the first four games of their five-game road trip. That road trip ends tonight in Dallas, and the Flames really need some points.

The Flames were a tire-fire of bad hockey in October. They seemed to figure things out in November and were damn good in December. But bad habits have crept back into their game, and now they've slid back a ways and begin tonight's action 6 points out of a playoff spot and just 6 points ahead of Columbus in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.

Unless Brad Treliving plans on beginning the proverbial fire sale after the All-Star Break, these guys need to get their game together. And quickly.

The puck drops tonight at 6:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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FN Mailbag - January 24, 2016

Kent Wilson
January 25 2016 10:00AM

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Jiri Hudler has suddenly become an important topic amongst Flames fans. After scoring the most 5on5 points in the league last year he has completely fallen off a cliff this year, to the degree that the coach doesn't seem to know where to put him in the lineup. 

Heading into the season the question surrounding Hulder was whether the club could afford to re-sign him or if they'd move him for a sizeable return at the deadline. Now, the question is whether they can get anything for him at all.

The situation is reminiscent of Mike Cammalleri's final days as a Calgary Flame. With the organization staring a full tear down and rebuild in the face, Mike Cammalleri seemed like the last, best veteran asset in the cupboard in the wake of the Iginla and Bouwmeester selloffs.

Unfortunately, Cammalleri struggled through a concussion and was completely ineffective in the weeks leading up to the deadline. As a result, Burke only received lowball offers for the winger (third rounder or below) and the taciturn interim GM decided he'd rather keep the player than give him up for a nominal return (a decision I disagreed with). 

Ironically, Cammalleri's game completely turned around after the deadline. He scored 13 goals and 24 points in the final 20 games, meaning he likely would have been one of the best deadline rentals of the season had the Flames traded him.

There's no saying whether that's what will happen with Hudler this year. All we know is he still has time to turn the ship around. Here's hoping he does before the deadline.

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