Flames announce Jarome Iginla as healthy scratch vs. Colorado; trade coming?

It was short and simple, but said a lot.

Earlier Wednesday night, the Calgary Flames sent out a press release that captain Jarome Iginla would be a healthy scratch for their game against the Colorado Avalanche.

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announce that Jarome Iginla will be a healthy scratch from the line-up for tonight’s game versus the Colorado Avalanche.

No further information will be provided at this time.

After week of Iginla rumors, this news signifies that the team and player have officially begun the process of parting. Whether they actually will is still up in the air.

We're one week from the NHL's trade deadline and with Iginla headlining the potential players on the move, this is GM Jay Feaster's way of protecting his asset, unless, of course, a deal is in place. The Boston Bruins have been the favorites to land Iginla for some time now, and if you want to start the speculating, the Providence Bruins made top prospect Alexander Khokhlachev a late scratch before their game tonight.

Are we just waiting for the Bruins game to end before a deal is announced?

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