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Don't believe the trade deadline hype

02/15/2015 at 3:25am EST

Wise words from the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson:

It’s that time of year when every scout at a game must mean discussions are taking place with that team. When overheard conversations find their way to Twitter and immediately result in a rumor being started.

It’s that time of year when rumor websites make sure to include every outlandish scenario, and they attach high-profile teams such as the Maple Leafs to ensure a healthy dose of clicks to help the bottom line.

But here is the real bottom line — take every rumor out there with a grain of salt.

It’s so easy for someone to say “Toronto would like to have Jonathan Drouin’’ and pose it as a possibility that he will be moved to the Leafs. Well, of course the Leafs would like to have a player such as Drouin. Who wouldn’t?

But to report that as something that could happen is just irresponsible.

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But remember, this is silly season. There are rumors that have credence coming from trusted and reliable reporters who have earned that reputation from both inside and outside the media, and there are those that come from everywhere else.

Continued, and skepticism in healthy doses is highly recommended between now and the deadline. And then afterward.

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