New hockey czar Brian Burke will hire a new general manager soon, replacing the hapless Jay Feaster, and start overhauling the roster in major ways.
In the meantime, all the Flames can do is hang tough.
“Obviously things have started snowballing, in a negative way,” center Matt Stajan told the Calgary Herald. “As one of the older guys in the room, you have to come in every day like it’s a new day. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. If we do, it’s just going to get worse and worse. That’s what we’ve been talking about among ourselves.
“None of us would be playing in this league, at this level, if we hadn’t overcome some adversity. There is no easy answer. This is a tough slide we’re on. I had one in Toronto, where we lost our first eight games and had trouble scoring goals.
“We can talk about it all we want, talk about other situations we’ve gone through during our careers. But this is where we are now, with this team. It’s only us that get us out of this. No one’s jumping ship here or getting in a car and driving away.”
But here are so cold hard facts about this once-mighty franchise:
- The Flames lost six of their first seven games coming out of the break, with five of those losses coming in shutouts.
- Forward Mike Cammalleri has scored just three goals since Dec. 7.
- Winger Lee Stempniak has produced one point in his last 14 games.
- Stajan has scored just one goal and added one assist in his last 14 games.
Now the Flames get to host the Penguins on the heels of their 4-3 loss to Edmonton. Odds are this game will not end well for Calgary.