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Leafs GM denies talking to Columbus about acquiring Rick Nash

Jan 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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Back in December, Toronto radio personality and former Leafs assistant GM Bill Watters floated a juicy rumor that had Carolina captain Eric Staal headed to the Leafs in what would’ve been a blockbuster trade. Unfortunately for those of us in the business of increasing page views, said rumor was quickly shot down by Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.

Flash forward to yesterday, when Watters floated an even juicier rumor on Twitter, this one involving Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash and the Leafs:


That tweet spurred TSN’s Darren Dreger into action, reaching Leafs GM Brian Burke for comment:


Of course, Burke’s denial didn’t stop the Toronto Star from handicapping the probability of the trade actually occurring:

On a scale of 1-10, let’s just say this one is way down the list of probability. We give it a 3, but that could change as the trade deadline gets closer.

A 30 percent chance, eh? And the Star suggests it could go even higher!

Suffice to say blogs should keep writing about this rumor. It’s just good business.

  1. yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Here is a fact all you bloggers need to accept.

    Any trade rumor you “read” or “hear” that did not come from someone on TSN or Sportsnet.
    aka McKenzie, Dredger etc.

    Is garbage

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      That’s incredibly oversimplified, there are tons of beat writers out there (Andy Strickland, Aaron Portzline, Michael Russo, etc) who are in the know and who generally don’t engage in empty speculation or rumour-mongering.

      Conversely, both McKenzie and Dreger do engage in speculation (and while they do acknowledge it as such, their readers don’t seem to pick up on that).

      • elvispocomo - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Exactly, they’re hardly quoting Eklund…

      • yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        “beat writers” are used by teams and given one sided (dis-) information constantly.
        beat writers are good for information on one team, and near useless for trades because they have no ear on the rest of the league.

        So ya
        LOL come on man, “beat writers”?
        90% team cheerleaders with a microphone and press credentials.

      • davebabychreturns - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Yeah, most of them are. Here in Vancouver for example I couldn’t name a single one that I would say can reliably report which way the winds are blowing in the Canucks front office.

        But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t several around the league who aren’t generally reliable – taking anyone’s words as gospel is just ridiculous but my comment was in response to the guy saying that only Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger (who, you’ll notice, follow many of these reporters I am talking about) are reliable.

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