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from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Eklund is a good example of the negative impact of the internet on news media. Hockey fans want news, and they want it all the time, particularly in the two areas he specializes in – lockout negotiations and player trades/signings. Before the internet, NHL fans had to settle for what they could get in the daily newspaper or in less frequently published magazines like The Hockey News. Under those conditions, a guy with a 1-in-33 accuracy rate never could have landed a job at a mainstream publication. He also would not have been afforded the luxury of writing under a pseudonym, particularly with such a miserable track record.
The internet and the constant demand for fresh news have changed the picture. Unfortunately, there is only so much legitimate news at any one time, and for the most part NHL teams don’t share their internal discussions with random, nameless people on the internet. The approach of Eklund and others like him has been straight-forward: they make stuff up to fill in the gaps.
If people ask about a trade rumor that’s just so ridiculously nonsensical—I mean, if it makes no sense—I’m not even going to respond.
-Bob McKenzie of TSN via a tweet.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The blogger Eklund tossed out a rumor this evening on Hockeybuzz.com that has a few Stars fans buzzing.
He contended that the Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs were discussing a trade that would send Brad Richards , Jamie Benn and Ondrej Roman to Toronto for Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick….
It’s sort of silly to have to try to debunk every rumor that is out there, but I think that’s what we’ll try to do right now, so consider this one debunked.
People who believe anything Dwayne says or writes need to realize the man has one purpose in mind, more website hits.
All of his followers should ask him about his journalism degree from McGill University in Montreal. I understand he is still telling people that he actually has one, although McGill has never offered a degree in journalism.
I would look at (Ray) Emery were I Detroit. I am not sold on Howard or Osgood for a playoff run.
-Dwayne Klessel (aka Eklund).
You know that guy who likes to spread made up rumors. Well, today he answered a few questions people tweeted him.
This one shows off his hockey knowledge…
@exqueezme asks: do you find it surprising that frolic didn’t make the Russian roster?
answer: First off, killer twitter name! The Russians wanted a certain number of KHLers to help give their league credibility.
Maybe someone should tell him Frolic is from the Czech Republic.
It makes so much sense that a few people on here know more about the truth behind what I write than say the teams and NHL does. You would think
if I was just making these rumours up the NHL and teams wouldn’t invite me into the press box.
And yes, not only does bob mckenzie follow me, but he sent me his book and will be a guest on my podcast in the coming weeks.
-Dwayne (he prefers Eklund) to his readers.
Booth has struggled this season, but watching the camp and also watching David Booth I could argue that he is the best pure “sniper” the Americans have and his slow start is a testament to this. Snipers are by their nature streaky players. Right now he is ice cold, but if Booth gets hot at the right time you would probably want him on your top unit. Booth is the Joey Mullen of this group.
-Dwayne (Eklund) in his Team USA outlook today. Dwayne has David Booth on the taxi-squad (there isn’t one) and by his remarks, is oblivious to the fact that Booth has been out with a concussion since October 28th.
Not the first time Dwayne has showed his lack of hockey knowledge and won’t be the last.
added 8:02pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News spoke with Booth recently. You have to feel for the guy and let’s hope the NHL does something about the hits to the head.
added 11/20/09 7:36am, Well what do you know, Dwayne changed his post without mentioning any correction. This folks, is how he deceives people…
Booth has struggled this season, but watching the camp and also watching David Booth I could argue that he is the best pure “sniper” the Americans have and his slow start is a testament to this. Snipers are by their nature streaky players. Prior to his injury he was Ice cold, but if Booth gets healthy and can get hot at the right time you would probably want him on your top unit. Booth is the Joey Mullen of this group.
via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
There’s been some chatter on the internet hinting that the Red Wings were among the teams in Sweden this week to scout Peter Forsberg, who is healthy again and competing in the Karjala Cup tournament.
The Wings may very well be scouting that tournament, but I just exchanged emails with Ken Holland and he very clearly said the team had no interest in Forsberg.
Chris, I know you are new on the beat this season so a little bit of advice. The internet hinting comes from a guy who just wants hits on his website. Case closed.
via George Malik of Snapshots at Mlive,
For the record: the weird dude who asks fans to pay $20 to read “exclusive” rumors on his fire-some-darts-at-a-“chart”-and-see-what-sticks board claims that the Red Wings want to move Jimmy Howard to the Toronto Maple Leafs for “prospects and picks,” which is unbelievably ridiculous—the Wings’ coaches, management, and Jim Bedard have put in thousands of hours attempting to shape a once-overweight and flop-to-stop-prone goaltender into a solid NHL stopper, and the Wings will see what Howard can do at the NHL level before addressing whether they need to acquire a veteran back-up to do Howard’s job. There’s no way in hell that the Wings would jettison an affordable back-up for a few potential tomorrows.
Today Defending Big D presents the second half of our two-part discussion on the changing landscape of sports journalism. In this half of our discussion we switch gears a bit and talk about blogs and the business of sports websites.
Eklund, and his website HockeyBuzz.com, has made a living off spreading rumors and has become a well known figure for online hockey writers. Do you feel that the fact that this arguably semi-credible hockey blogger has obtained mainstream credibility (supposedly) and press credentials has set back the efforts of hardworking writers to obtain credibility in the eyes of the traditional media?
Wyshynski: If the traditional media wants to believe that all bloggers are as unethical as Dwayne Klessel, that’s unfortunate ... but it’s ultimately their issue of perception. Again, it’s no different than a blogger believing all newspapers behave like the New York Post.
First, it should be said that Dwayne Klessel has a business model that works, and has put together an impressive hockey community…
Heika: This goes in hand with the answer above. Because of the rules set up by my organization, we need to get a source to say he will be a source, and we need to have that source have direct knowledge of the situation we are reporting.
much more at Defending Big D.
On the Dwayne topic, many of the MSM have no idea what Dwayne did to bloggers in the past. From flat out lies, to deception, to things that will go unmentioned, but the bloggers know and will always remember those days.
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