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Trade Deadline Reporting 2011 - Rumors, Insiders and Pretenders

(A year ago, I wrote a piece on false rumor reporting in the blog/twitter era.  Since then, some phonies have been weeded out of the interwebs and some haven’t.  Below is a modified and modernized version of the article for 2011.)

It may not be Monday yet, but our wild ride aboard the information overload speed train has already begun.  An inundation of data in a high tech world may force Internet Armageddon upon us.  If the brainiacs who helped us avoid the Y2K disaster over a decade ago can be found, then someone might want to try and round them up. 

Credible and respected hockey insiders, who we feverishly turn to for an endless supply of minute by minute trade deadline blog and twitter updates, are back at it again.

Unfortunately, thanks to the lack of barriers to entry into cyber reporting, so are the phony rumor mongering wannabees.

Welcome to hockey journalism in the post-web 2.0 world, where any half-literate dreamer, armed with only a keyboard and a seventh grade knowledge of spelling and sentence structure, can piggyback public updates from their favorite beat writers and disseminate them as scoops from “inside sources” to thousands of information-starved hockey fans.

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The Role Of Objectivity In The Media

From Mike Schopp of WGR-550,

I entered talk radio in 1998 with the understanding that disassociating from my so-called “favorite teams” was necessary and important. No more rooting. I guess sports talk listeners like it when the people they turn to for opinions about sports have no preferences.

Gradually, and thankfully, we figured out that this makes no sense at all.

Are we really all supposed to act in the media like we don’t care whether our teams win? Putting any emotional attachments with teams or fans aside, we should admit that winning teams are good for our business. More people listen when the teams are good. The print media establishment is, I think, way more uptight about this than radio. Those guys are really objective compared with us.


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Vanek Excited About New Ownership

From Thomas Vanek’s blog:

“He (owner Terry Pegula) really is the best thing that could have happened to the club and the fans, you simply can’t put it any other way. He’s got some grand plans, but at the same time he’s very down to earth. He believes in what he says and makes a very honest impression. Also, he simply adores his family and it’s important to him that there’s a new and closer family-spirit among the team-members, too. I think it’s great that he’s throwing a big party on Thursday to get to know not only the players and personnel but also their families. I’m sure that the whole team will get even closer now. “

I can’t really say too much about the two new management guys. But Ted Black and (Ken) Sawyer were responsible for getting the Penguins out of bankruptcy and back to being a contender, even winning a Stanley Cup. Why shouldn’t they repeat that feat with our club? We’re not as beaten down as the Penguins were back then. Buffalo also isn’t such a bad place to live, especially as a hockey player….. I’m sure our new management will convey this message to any possible new player.  There’s a new spirit in town and the future starts now. And I’m really looking forward to it.


Special thanks to Jeremy White of WGR-550 for this.

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As A New Chapter Begins, Another Ends

Being at the Terry Pegula press conference yesterday, and seeing Sabres legends like Gilbert Perreault and Danny Gare on one side of the room and current icons like Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek on the other, underscored for me the meaning of keeping the past in your memories but putting it in the rear view mirror and forging ahead.

It’s kind of the same feeling I had when Scotty Bowman in 1981 traded away fan favorites Gare and Jim Shoenfield, when late owner Seymour H. Knox III gave his “Farewell, Old Friend” speech in 1996 during the emotional closing ceremonies at the Aud, and when Tom Golisano rescued the franchise from a near fatal bankruptcy eight years ago.

In the same way that the coronation of Golisano in 2003 brought closure to Sabres fans over the departure of beloved coach Ted Nolan, today’s first full day of the Terry Pegula era should expedite the permanent healing of the lasting wounds this town has felt over the free agency losses of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. 

It won’t, however, ease the pain of No Goal in 1999 or No “D” in Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals.  There’s obviously only one cure for that, and the hope in Buffalo is that a diehard Sabres fan with $3 billion can administer it.

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About The Sabres Observer

Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.



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