The "rumour" mill, as they write it in Calgary, was spinning like a hamster wheel overnight as word spread that the Flames and Kings were involved in trade talks involving five-time All-Star Jarome Iginla of Calgary and Kings rookie forward Brayden Schenn.
By this morning, much of that speculation had been quashed by Calgary's front office.
What is true is the Kings have loaned Schenn to their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester for a 14-day conditioning assignment.
The sticky part was Schenn is too young at age 19 to play in the AHL, but general manager Dean Lombardi found a loophole that allows Schenn to use the stay in Manchester to get in game shape. Schenn had been a healthy scratch the last five games for Los Angeles.
Schenn, the fifth overall draft pick in 2009, has appeared in eight games for the Kings. Once he appears in 10, his entry-level contract will kick in and the Kings will be required to pay him for the full year, whether he stays with the club or not. The other option is to return him to his junior team before his 10th NHL appearance or, if rumor has it, trade him.
The original report out of Calgary, one delivered by Canadian anchor/reporter Dean Millard, is that the Kings want the Flames to retain the option of keeping Schenn on the roster or returning him to his junior team in Brandon, Canada.
ESPNLA has reached out to the Kings to see if anything's in the works. We'll let you know if we hear anything back.
IginLA does have a nice ring to it.