Canucks and Beyond
Entries with the tag: hockey rumors
From Canada’s Vancouver Province to Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter, baseless hockey rumors seem to be infecting the mainstream media world lately, and at a rapid pace.
Yesterday’s “Sundin Picks Vancouver” kerfuffle created a storm of attention, so I contacted the author of that claim last night—Dusan Umicevic— to request more information.
He was generous enough to write back, but after hearing his explanation I don’t believe he had much basis to write the explosive story that he did.
Ben Kuzma’s report in The Province today:
A U.S. report that unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan was offered and rejected a one-year, $2-million US offer from the Vancouver Canucks is inaccurate, according to his agent.
“I can tell you that I’ve never been approached or had any discussions with Vancouver regarding Brendan,” said Rick Curran, who added that San Jose and Montreal are not in the mix either.
Where on earth did this nonsense get started? What “U.S. report”?
I suspect this is what you get when hockey blogs and media collide…
From the wild world of hockey rumors, Bruce Garrioch reports:
The Vancouver Canucks are after Mats Sundin. League sources told Sun Media the Canucks have offered the Toronto captain a two-year, $20 million deal.
Sundin hasn’t decided on his future, but he’s contemplating it.
Fan590’s Howard Berger just mentioned the same thing. (thanks to readers for sending this one in!)
12:05pm PT: That Vancouver is the team that offered this deal to Sundin is also now being reported on TSN television.
3:22pm PT: J.P. Barry, Sundin’s agent, states on FAN590 that his client has received nine offers today which he’s considering. He states that money is not the most important factor (clearly, if he’s hesitating at this insane Canucks offer) and that Toronto is also still a possibility. Barry also says that Sundin isn’t certain he will return to the NHL at all yet, which is part of what’s taking him some time to figure out.
Canucks claim Kyle Wellwood off waivers from the Leafs. Thoughts? He’s an RFA on July 1st. [TSN]
With Curtis Sanford still unsigned to warm Luongo’s bench for next season, Ben Kuzma at the Province (via the National Post) is pondering Alex Auld returning to Vancouver. (We did a poll on this subject a few weeks ago—60% of you liked the idea.)
Speaking of surplus goalies, Cory Schneider has been blogging the last few days, including the revelation that he doesn’t have a big sister—he just lied about that. (That’s part of what they call “team building” in Vancouver these days. Geez, I love it when players blog.)
Can someone please explain what is the appeal of “mock drafts”? To echo Jamie Fitzpatrick’s question on the subject today: “What exactly is the point of these exercises?”
Some links—a few of which I shamelessly ripped off from Puck Daddy today—include My NHL Draft, Draft Nation, The Hockey News, The National Post, TSN, The Milford Daily News, Illegal Curve and NHL Draft Site.
No disrespect intended; they look like a lot of work to put together. So maybe I’m just lazier than everyone else?
Onto another topic, a quick note about those Olli rumors…
I usually like hockey trade rumors; even if they’re wrong, they’re fun fantasies of what could be without being burdened too excessively by things like ‘reality’.
As a Canucks fan, I particularly appreciate temporary escapes from reality. When rumors run amok about the likes of Olli Jokinen and Ryan Malone coming to Vancouver, I’m entertained. I separate myself from that troublesome inner-knowledge that “Canucks fans are never that lucky.” And it’s pleasant for as long as it lasts.*
But escapes from reality are one thing—manipulating hockey fans to drive website traffic and sell newspapers is another thing all together.
Or maybe it’s not even that sinister. Perhaps some reporters are just stupid.