Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/22/13 at 02:20 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Welcome to the second annual edition of NHLfaketrades.net, our imaginary website in which we helpfully conjure up trade possibilities for NHL general managers who need an assist to get the pieces moving in advance of the actual trading deadline, 12 days from now.
A little background for all the newcomers here: Last year, we had a great deal of fun making up trade rumours. The germ of the idea came during a chat with an NHL GM about trade rumors and how, in the weeks before the trading deadline, he needed to set aside time almost every day to put out fires, created by the trade chatter on the Internet.
I laughed and told him that the problem for everybody in the industry, mainstream media and the larger blogging world, was that if a rumour had even a whiff of plausibility, it would be difficult to dismiss without at least making a check. And thus, it became a never-ending circle. You hear a name, you check it out and then you hear something else and it just keeps going round and round. Every year, some player rockets to the top of the charts – Rick Nash last year, Jarome Iginla this year. I concluded by issuing him a challenge: Name me any two NHL teams and I would conjure up a trade rumour between them that was so reasonable and made so much sense that a) you’d think it came from a primary source; and b) nobody could dismiss it out of hand, without first thinking ‘hmmmm.’
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