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The Daily: Flames Are Hot, Puljujarvi Is Not

The Calgary Flames are hot, Jesse Puljujarvi is not. Tage Thompson lit it up and Brock Boeser is on the block.



Perspective is everything. Calgary Flames fans might be smiling because Jesse Puljujarvi is spiraling in Edmonton but it's sad when a player wonders aloud if he should bail on the NHL. Flames Twitter bandied his name around as a trade target this summer but is probably happy that didn't happen. Maybe a fresh start will help. Meanwhile, Brock Boeser’s agent is lining up teams for a deal, and big Tage Thompson manhandled the Columbus Blue Jackets — perhaps softening up the Flames' next opponent. 

That and more in today's CHN Daily: 

Calgary Flames

Despite falling behind 2-0 in the first two minutes, the Calgary Flames found a way to beat the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday to wrap up the homestand with a 4-1 record

Dan Vladar has four straight wins on home ice as the hot glove in goal. But Jacob Markstrom has been working toward a successful return — which could come on Friday against Johnny Gaudreau and the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Nazem Kadri is hot. Two goals and four points in two games. Could be key for a big December for the Flames. 

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

TSN: Brock Boeser’s agent is lining up teams. They’re up to more than six suitors on the NHL trade market for the Canucks forward. Are the Calgary Flames one of them?

Sportsnet Edmonton: It sounds like Jesse Puljujarvi is buckling: “Maybe I just don’t have it.” The Oilers winger has one goal this season.

Vegas Hockey Now: The Golden Knights didn’t help the Penguins, and coach Bruce Cassidy had some good quotes. “Teams shove it up our *sses,” the Vegas Golden Knights coach said.

Sportsnet: Tage Thompson. Four goals in the first period, and the hockey world is chanting MVP. A five-goal night for the big guy.

Boston: The Avalanche were still a little ruffled over Charlie McAvoy’s hit on Artturi Lehkonen. Was the Boston Bruins d-man dirty?

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins were crashing, and things looked bleak, yet no Penguins trade. Did Ron Hextall get it right again?

Washington Hockey Now: “What was that?” Travis Konecny was upset with an Alex Ovechkin empty netter. Fun ensued.

NYI Hockey Now: Ice cold wingers, can the New York Islanders sustain their playoff push.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: And, finally, a pleasant breaking story to bookend the Puljujarvi stuff — Kris Letang returned to Pittsburgh Penguins practice 10 days after a stroke. 

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