by Patrick Hoffman on 07/16/12 at 03:33 PM ET
As you are all well aware of, Twitter is an extremely valuable resource when it comes to following the latest in the hockey world.
One such Tweeter who really seems to get that is @NHLGossip, also known as Chris Hueber. Hueber re-Tweets a lot of valuable hockey information and more importantly, is accurate when he does so. This guy is not a rumor monger and is someone who only re-Tweets what valuable and well known NHL insiders are saying.
Chris was kind enough to take time out of his busy Tweeting schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he came up with his Twitter account as well as his thoughts on the Buffalo Sabres and NHL free agency.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
CH: I grew up just outside of Buffalo and have always loved the Buffalo Sabres. I became a fan of the Sabres when I was old enough to have the patience to watch the games. I mean, the trap made the game so bad when I was really young that after the first period, I lost interest. I think I was about 8 when I got really into it. I loved watching guys like Brad May, Rob Ray and Matt Barnaby run around fighting every night. I also always liked watching Alexander Mogilny and Pat LaFontaine.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
CH: Well, I am a Sabres fan. I wish I could say that I was alive to see the :French Connection” line play, but I can’t. My favorite player was Alexander Mogilny.I like Russian Hockey Players and I think it is because of him. His speed and skill was incredible. I am still mad that Wikipedia shows a picture of him in a New Jersey Devils uniform.
PH: What made you decide to come up with @NHLGossip on Twitter?
CH: I have been following rumors online for about four years. I have always liked hearing about trade possibilities and signings. I tried blogging about it and unfortunately, it did not go so well. I figured Twitter might be the perfect spot for me. After a few months on Twitter, I got followers asking me to blog so I started again and am hoping it will work out this time around.
PH: What are you trying to bring your Twitter followers on a daily basis?
CH: I am trying to bring all the latest rumors from credentialed hockey media and hockey bloggers. I also search international sites for great stories and rumors. I believe that rumors could be fun to follow if you read the right sites.
PH: You have close to 6,000 followers already. How did you manage to do that?
CH: Well, when I started the account, I asked Paul from Kukla’s Korner (our fearless leader) to help start me off. He gave me a re-tweet and off I went. I then started posting rumors and some big news.
To this day, I still remember what Paul told me, which was “Don’t make up Rumors.” Obviously that was never my attention, but it was the best advice I have gotten. I think because I provide solid rumors and link to every source, it has helped me get the followers I have. I also like to give back to the writers and bloggers, by mentioning them on Twitter.
PH: As it turns out, you are a Sabres’ fan. What do you think the team needs to do to be better in 2012-13?
CH: The Sabres obviously need help at center, so that would be a good start. Unfortunately, I think it is easier said then done. I also think they still need a player to run the power play. Buffalo has gotten stronger and that was the team’s biggest concern. I like how they acquired Steve Ott and signed John Scott.
PH: How do you think the loss of Derek Roy will impact the Sabres?
CH: Sabres’ fans need to realize it will hurt a bit. Derek Roy was a 60+ point per season player and the past two season his points where cut in half because of injuries. I don’t think he is a number 1 center. Fans in Buffalo are a ’ I love him, I hate him’ with players. When Roy was doing good, everyone loved him. After the 10-11 season, everyone wanted him to be traded. He will have a good year in Dallas, when he comes back from surgery.
PH: Where do you see Rick Nash signing? Why?
CH: Rick Nash is a player that reminds me of Dany Heatley. The only difference, however, is that Nash is more mature and is not hated by many fans like Heatley was at the time.
I think Nash will end up being a New York Ranger. It only seems logical and with all the rumors surrounding the two teams, it has to happen, right? I am probably wrong, but it is fun to think about.
There is also the Shane Doan factor. If the Rangers sign him, they really don’t need Nash, do they? I guess after that mumbling, your guess is as good as mine.
PH: Is there anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
CH: I have been reading Kukla’s Korner for the last four years or so and it is no secret that it is my favorite blog. I have to thank Paul for getting me noticed on twitter as well as George Malik, who played a big part as well.
I also want to stress the fact that following rumors from people who are not known is hard. With all the ‘Fake’ Insiders, who knows the real truth? I try to report from mainstream media and from good solid sources on the Internet, but is it the truth? I guess it could be, but rumors are just rumors and we have to remember that.
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