Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/18/12 at 12:35 PM ET
As rumour season comes into full swing, please, consider the source. There isn’t going to be a hockey executive who tells any reporter his plans just because he wants to read the expert opinion contained in the comments section at the bottom of the post. This is what I don’t like about unsourced reporting, and usually when it comes to hockey stories, people don’t like to give out names.
If you know the sources name, you can guess his intent, whether it’s an agent or a management-type looking to drive player value in a certain direction, they can use a couple of friendly faces in the media to do it. It’s a symbiotic relationship, because the reporter gets an inside story and maybe the scoop if anything interesting happens.
Yes, there are fake rumour mongers floating around, but also real ones. Beware both, since generally, the overall plans of an NHL franchise won’t be discussed too openly away from the front office. A source “close to the team” or “close to the negotiations” infers nothing about certain people’s motivation.
-Cam Charron of The Score.
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