The Calgary Flames have been a team in a state of flux over the last few seasons as they have aged and descended down the ranks of the Western Conference. Once a dominant force led by Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff, the truth is that the Flames are now trying to tread water, seeking whichever way they can to stay afloat. With 20 points through 20 games, a .500 record, Calgary hasn’t been great, nor have they been poor. But therein lies the trouble for Flames fans; suffering through a purgatory-like of missing the playoffs and not grabbing a higher end draft pick to build from, Calgary is in a position of “going nowhere fast.” Despite this fact, they do possess assets to help build a future out of. Namely, the two leaders on the team in Iginla and Kiprusoff. Though fans dread the idea of either leaving the team or donning a uniform adorned with anything but the Flames colours, reality says that GM Jay Feaster will need to make use of their value at some point. With the trade deadline about a month away, it will be very interesting to keep an eye on Alberta as the Flames will surely seek to find a way to make themselves better for the following season. Every team goes through this process, the key for good teams though is to limit the time between success and failure. In the case of the Calgary Flames, it’s becoming clear they need to build back into a team that can overcome failure and find success anew.