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The latest interview is with Eric McErlain of Off Wing Opinion. Piano-bar peformers don’t tickle a keyboard as much as McErlain, 39, of Reston, Va. He’s been blogging since 2001, practically since the blog format grew little tiny legs and crawled out of the primordial ooze of the dialup-era web…
But it wasn’t long before a couple of folks, Dubi Silverstein and Jes Golbez in particular, started to question just what he was filling the vaccuum with. When you take a look at those early analyses, it’s pretty clear that Eklund’s brew was a mixture of 30% previously reported news and 70% baloney. When folks started to point out his errors online, he would respond by disabling comments on his blog or simply erasing content altogether.
One of the ways that Eklund drew people into his blog—and began charging them for access—was by constructing a farcical backstory of how he had become an NHL insider thanks to a long career working for a number of teams, the league and as a freelance hockey writer. When I, among others, challenged the particulars, he simply erased it all and constructed a new one….
read on... The interview covers numerous topic…
added 12:18pm, I am getting numerous emails today asking about Dwayne. KK regulars have read this, but for those who haven’t, here it is...
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
Did we mention respectable? First order of business for Sportsnet has to be getting rid of “blogger” Eklund who was billed as an expert but instead brought down the credibility which the network’s legitimate pros offered.
Bad enough that Mr. Eklund appeared to be guessing most of the time. Worse that he almost always guessed wrong.
more on Sportsnet…
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
While TSN was reporting that Buffalo goaltender Martin Biron had been traded, the cast of dozens at Rogers Sportsnet were showing viewers live shots of some game-show eye candy getting their makeup, the Hanson brothers performing their 30-year-old shtick and the back of blogger Eklund’s head as he provided the first in a series of often obvious and even more often erroneous rumours….
In fact, the most entertaining part of Sportsnet’s ``deadline bash” wasn’t the balloons, the Hansons or the table hockey games. It was Eklund, who fell just short of naming every NHL player in trade rumours…
1:04 p.m. Eklund reports more rumours, this time citing ``really, really good sources.”
2:08 p.m. Eklund reports that Edmonton has signed Ryan Smyth to a long-term deal.
3 p.m. Eklund reports that L.A. has dealt Mattias Norstrom to Anaheim, ``but I may be wrong on that.” He was.
3:15 p.m. Eklund says rumour has Leafs trading Matt Stajan. They don’t.
more...The MSM is finally getting the picture that many of us have known all along…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
TSN beat Sportsnet on the Bill Guerin trade to San Jose Sharks from St. Louis Blues. It was also the first to nail the Martin Biron deal from Buffalo to Philadelphia earlier in the morning.
While TSN giving us the goods on the trade involving Guerin, the big fish in yesterday’s derby, Sportsnet was attempting to convey a party atmosphere replete with balloons, models and pizza.
Up against TSN’s breaking news on Guerin, Sportsnet aired a feature on Bill Watters reminiscing about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ failed attempt to acquire Eric Lindros several years ago….
The first battle of the trade deadline was fought overnight, beginning with TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting that Florida Panther Gary Roberts had waived his no-trade clause to join Pittsburgh.
Eklund, the hockey blogger who did some work for Sportsnet yesterday, disputed the report. He posted a message on his blog stating that Roberts had not waived the clause. “Listen, this is the deal, kids,” he told his readers. “I am not an idiot. Do you think I want to post something so contrary to so many people who I respect?”
Is Guerin headed to the Islanders? According to Dwayne, the NYI are close…
Following up on a report that came from Barry Melrose on WFAN in NY here. Barry stated the Islanders were close to a deal for Guerin….I talked to a source that confirmed the Isles as one of the final two teams.
According to numerous folks Melrose never said Guerin was close to going to the Islanders. You can listen to the interview via WFAN... Guerin never mentioned!
Uh-Oh, E4, error on the 2nd baseman. One other thing Dwayne, why are your post timestamps off by an hour, trying to get a jump on other sources?
added 8:25pm, See the explanation of the timestamp situation from Chris in the comments of this post.
added 9:21pm, Dwayne now has updated saying he “didn’t hear the report on WFAN myself.” You can follow along if you’d like with the original link.
...Poulin, or the truth or possibly the Hockey Mod.
You see Dwayne (Eklund) is all of them (make sure to check the comments in bold, they are all from him). Pay special attention to some of the comments, where he makes himself look like the greatest person in the world.
When I asked him about this, furious that he attempted to deceive KK readers, he told me his IP address was stolen.
I have 100% it is him, as a matter of fact, 200%, as do other hockey blogs that he has pulled the same stunts on.
Do you want more lies and fabrications, just ask him, you will be amazed…
For the record, I tried to handle this behind the scenes with Dwayne, but the lies just continued.
from Eric at Off Wing Opinion,
One disturbing piece of news: Our old pal Eklund actually participated in an event in conjunction with the Professional Hockey Writers Association (a group with no online presence) in order to present “the view of the bloggers.”
A note to hockey writers around the country: Eklund doesn’t represent anyone except himself. And while there are plenty of folks who blog anonymously for a whole host of reasons, Eklund is the only one who continually abuses the cloak of anonymity in order to deceive.
I agree with Eric. How the PHWA bought into the deception of Dwayne is unbelievable. Do you realize the deceptive tactics this person has used throughout the years? Dwayne has stated he has worked for the NHL, worked for an NHL team, wrote for the Hockey News and written a best selling book. When I emailed him about these claims, he has no answers except to tell me this is his “schtick” and he would reveal more if I signed a NDA (Non=dsclosure agreement).
It gets much better, but you will have to wait for it…
You can pay me $10 to read this, or read it for free via Tom Benjamin. Off Wing Opinion is also investigating; another $10 please. added 11:03am, Jes at Hockey Rants joins in! update 2:39pm, Anyone know who this is? update 3:30pm, VCOE should go into investigative reporting. Alanah even goes way back to my old blog to follow the footsteps and clues. Updated February 2007: Sportsnet TV and Eklund
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
In Philadelphia it occurs just as often as Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and the Fourth of July. While the local and national media, along with silly, anonymous bloggers with absolutely zero credibility pontificate what may happen before the NHL’s March 9 trading deadline, the rumors have little effect inside the locker room as the Flyers prepare for the final 20 games of the regular season. “I’ve never, in 15 years, had someone say to me that so-and-so is going to get traded for so-and-so and had it ever actually come true,” said Derian Hatcher.continued
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