Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett, who has recently been in the middle of trade rumours, will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
Head coach Geoff Ward confirmed that Dominik Simon will draw in for Bennett, adding that they're taking the situation one day at a time.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported earlier on Thursday there is "nothing on the front burner" when it comes to any possible trades involving Bennett.
"This may fuel trade speculation, but sources say, at the moment, there is nothing on the front burner related to trade," said Dreger of the scratch.
Bennett, who has one assist in nine games this season, did not take part in the team session of Thursday's gameday skate, instead later taking to the ice with the players on the Flames taxi squad.
On Tuesday's Insider Trading, Dreger said that the Flames were in no rush to deal the 24-yer-old centre.
"Trade speculation always generates a buzz, particularly in Canada. But the Flames’ position on Sam Bennett is no different than it was a year ago: They are in absolutely no rush to trade him. It has to be the right fit," said Dreger on Insider Trading. "It’s got to work best for the Flames, otherwise, GM Brad Treliving is willing to stand pat and use Bennett as a potentially impactful player for Calgary."
Bennett, selected fourth overall by Calgary in 2014, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Flames, scoring 63 goals and 66 assists over 373 games.