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Mark Giordano knows his team has struggled lately, and he feels a sense of urgency to turn things around.

The Calgary Flames captain expressed as much and looked ahead to the team’s next game against the Florida Panthers after a 6-3 defeat to the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

“We’ll be ready Thursday. We’ll be a way more focused group, and we have to really, really pull out of this. We feel like we’re sliding,” he told reporters. “We haven’t been getting the points we were usually getting at the start of the (season), and we’ve got to stop (that) right now.”

Calgary has lost four of five games since the break. The Flames once had the best record in the Western Conference but have since been surpassed by the Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks, the latter of which is riding a six-game win streak.

Giordano scored Calgary’s first goal of Tuesday’s contest, but Tampa Bay had already buried three of its own beforehand. Sean Monahan‘s second-period marker cut the lead to 3-2, but the Lightning tallied the next three en route to the win.

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The Calgary Flames will announce Thursday their plans to retire former captain Jarome Iginla’s No. 12, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

After not suiting up for the 2017-18 campaign, Iginla returned to Calgary last summer to officially announce his retirement following 20 seasons in the NHL.

A first-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1995, he was traded to the Flames before ever playing an NHL game and was the heart and soul of the franchise for 16 years. He is the club’s all-time leader in games played (1,219), goals (525) and points (1,095).

During his run in Calgary, the winger was a three-time First-Team All-Star, winning two Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies, an Art Ross, and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s most outstanding player as voted by the players’ association in 2001-02. He led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004 but ultimately lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Iginla also had stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and Colorado Avalanche to close out his career.

He’ll be the third player to have his number retired by the Flames, joining Lanny McDonald and Mike Vernon.

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Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon says his outburst directed at head coach Jared Bednar during Wednesday’s game was unacceptable.

The 23-year-old was seen screaming at Bednar on the bench in a game the team dropped 5-3 to the Calgary Flames.

“That’s unacceptable on my part,” MacKinnon said on Friday, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels. “I can’t be doing that stuff… I was just really frustrated, but I love playing for Bedsy.”

“We spoke after the game and Bedsy’s the least sensitive guy ever, so it’s all good.”

MacKinnon said he became frustrated when the Avalanche didn’t pull their goalie with the team trailing by two goals late in the game.

Bednar, meanwhile, held no hard feelings toward MacKinnon, and was happy to see his star player show passion.

“All of us, at the time, were frustrated. I thought we played two really good games, could’ve come out with four points,” Bednar said. “To me (the outburst) didn’t bother me at all. That’s what I love about Nathan and about certain guys on our team is the fire and passion and emotion they play with, they have. That’s what you need in this game… that’s what makes him so good, so I never want to curb that.”

The club has lost eight of its last nine games, which could also be causing some frustration. The Avalanche will look to get back into the win column Saturday when they take on the Canadiens.

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The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames will participate in the NHL Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, commissioner Gary Bettman announced during the Winter Classic on Tuesday.

Mosaic Stadium is home to the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and holds a crowd of 33,350. Next year’s rendition of the Heritage Classic will serve as the fifth since 2003.

Both Winnipeg and Calgary have previously participated in the event. The Jets took on the Edmonton Oilers outdoors in 2016, while the Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium in 2011.

The Calgary Flames signed restricted free-agent defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year extension with an average annual value of $4.95 million, the team announced on Thursday.

The 21-year-old blue-liner was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes this summer along with Elias Lindholm in exchange for Dougie HamiltonMicheal Ferland, and Adam Fox.

Lindholm, who was also an RFA at the time of the trade, later agreed to a six-year deal with the Flames averaging $4.85 million annually.

Hanifin, the fifth overall pick in 2015, recorded career highs in goals (10) and points (32) last season.

The Flames now have much of their core, including Hanifin, Lindholm, Mark GiordanoJohnny GaudreauSean MonahanJames Neal, and Mikael Backlund, locked up through at least the 2021-22 season, with no player on the roster making over $6.75M per year.

Following wrist, groin, and two hernia surgeries this offseason, Calgary Flames pivot Sean Monahan is feeling good as the NHL season inches closer.

“I feel like a new man right now,” Monahan told Aaron Vickers of NHL.com. “I’m more flexible, more mobile, meaner and stronger, so I think it’s a good feeling to be healthy.”

With the Flames out of the playoff picture late last season, Monahan was shut down after 74 games to get an early start on his recovery. Despite limited appearances, the 23-year-old matched his career best with 31 goals and set a new personal points benchmark in 2017-18.

Monahan’s health will be paramount to the new-look Flames as they seek a return to the postseason in 2018-19. Over the offseason, Calgary brought in Bill Peters as its new head coach, orchestrated a blockbuster that sent out Dougie Hamilton for Noah Hanifin, and signed perennial 20-goal sniper James Neal, who could find his way onto Monahan’s line alongside Johnny Gaudreau.