The Calgary Flames front-office has ripped a page out of Harvey the Hound’s handbook.

No matter how often they poke, prod and pull your tongue, don’t say anything. Not a word.

When it comes to speculation the Flames are exploring trade possibilities for captain, face-of-the-franchise and soon-to-be unrestricted free-agent Jarome Iginla, the silence is deafening.

After Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Saddledome, Flames GM Jay Feaster emerged from the dressing-room area, turned right into a crowd of reporters and then stared at his shoes as he weaved through the crowd.

A few minutes later, Iginla deked around a question about his alleged dossier of approved destinations — the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins are apparently the sure-things — by telling a crowd of reporters, “I didn’t say anything about a list.”

Flames head coach Bob Hartley, asked during his post-game news conference about the speculation surrounding his team, wasn’t offering up a sound-byte, either.

“You’re talking to the wrong guy for decisions,” Hartley said.

“I’m behind the bench, and I run practices.”

No eye-contact. No confirmation. No comment.

It could be the How-to-Trade-A-Star hat-trick.

Before this starts to sound like the rant of a reporter with an empty notebook (and it might be too late for that already), let’s make it clear the Flames have every right to stay silent.

In fact, many hockey minds would tell you that’s exactly what they should be doing.