Back of the (inter)Net: Gossip Girls Chirping

Posted: 10/26/2010 by bc in Uncategorized

Fishing out pucks as fast I can this morning. Holy jumpin’ all it took was an innocuous  comment from Senators GM Bryan Murray about helping his team and an “I’m taking calls from other GM’s” statement by Brian Burke.

The NHL’s gossip girls are burning so much bandwidth you’d think a Toronto/Boston trade would save the global economy.

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, is among the few gossip gabbers with cred. At least Doug references scouts at games and seems to have the 411 on who they’re scouting. Boston and Phoenix you say.

Senators GM Bryan Murray admits to Mike Brophy that he’s talked trade with a number GMs and named Minnesota’s Chuck Fletcher. Murray cites his blue line as a problem area. A healthy Filip Kuba could help. Kuba has a broken leg and is out for at least another month. Up top Jason Spezza is nursing a sore groin and is questionable for tonight’s game against Phoenix.

Murray told Bruce Garrioch repeated by via gossip girl Lyle Richardson that “Mostly it’s about (being offered) expensive players,” said Murray.  According to CapGeek.com Ottawa is over the cap limit by $192,070.00.

Pittsburgh has sent former Duck Eric Tangradi and D-man Andrew Hutchinson down the ‘A’ to make room for Brooks Orpik and Arron Asham who are coming off IR. Pens have taken an extra effort to assure Tangradi they still believe in him.

Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun is reporting another “Evolutionary Leap for The Hockey News.” Walker shares a story that indicates how much reporting has changed since the USA won the gold at Lake Placid.

Take the time in the late 1980s when Mario Lemieux was injured in practice. It wasn’t reported anywhere outside of Pittsburgh for days. And then THN ‘broke’ the story to the rest of the world.

“I’ll always remember that,” said Bob McKenzie, who is credited by many for building the magazine into the brand it is today. “We got the story three days later and published it in our next edition and for a lot of people it was news to them when they got it at their door. The world was just different then. We didn’t have the immediacy we have now.”

When I was kid, it was The Hockey News and Larry Wigge at the Sporting News. Nothing else mattered. THN.com is now one of 5-6 sites I check more than once a day. I don’t buy paper versions. Save the trees for hockey stick blades 😉

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