Thanks to Karl for the lead on this story at 2:40 a.m.
The article linked above is in french, so for you non-speakers/readers, here's the resume.
Mathias Brunet of La Presse reports that the Montreal Canadiens have gone ahead and processed an order to have equipment fitted to Marian Hossa's measurments fabricated. The order does NOT necessarily mean a deal is made and pending announcement; it simply means that SHOULD the ongoing talks between Gainey and Waddell sprout into a deal for Hossa, his equipment (in Habs colours) will be awaiting his arrival.
There was a similar situation in the past, 2 years ago to be exact, as the Canadiens had pre-ordered the development of equipment for Chicago Blackhawks members Nikolai Khabibulin and (then) Adrian Aucoin, as a deal was nearly made to acquire them in exchange for Jose Theodore, Mike Ribeiro and Pierre Dagenais. The deal was apparently accepted by both parties, but fell through when Khabibulin suffered a serious knee injury before it was made official. Doesn't it make you wonder where we'd be today had that deal gone through?
However, it is important to note that even though the order does NOT indicate an imminent trade, it DOES indicate that talks are very serious right now. The names rumoured to be sent to Atlanta at the moment are Michael Ryder, Mark Streit (both pending UFA's, like Hossa) and draft picks.