Thursday, August 17, 2006


I know being a Leaf fan and following the Leafs that every offseason and trade deadline period, there are always crackhead trade rumors. Alot of times I just can't read Leaf forums because it makes me ill. Then again, alot of forums are the same way. But I think Leaf forums are the worst.
Such is the case at an infamous hokey (that's right HOKEY) website today. It is being reported that the 'journalist' talked to a former NHL player in Montreal, and he is hearing that Montreal is willing to trade Michael Ryder, Mike Ribeiro, Sheldon Sourray, Dave Aebischer, and a first round pick to Pittsburgh for Evgeni Malkin. Then, with the newly found free cap room, the Habs will sign JP Dumont!
Please, reduce your drug intake! That is obscene! I won't even justify this story with a link or a rebuttal because it's painfully obvious that will never happen. I will say that on a scale of 1 - 10 stink-value, that one gets a 9.98.
There are also careless whispers of Malkin actually hanging with Ovechkin right now, training for the season. That is actually possible.
Gad, trade rumors can be an annoyance, but they are sure fun to laugh at. (after the vomitting stops)
Funny though, these rumor writers make their bold prediction and then hide behind a probability rating. Usually when the rating is really high, the deal has already taken place. Bold huh? Oh well, they are fun to throw sticks at and I'll continue to do so.


At August 17, 2006 at 5:37 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

The Habs blog is getting just as stupid. I keep telling them to get real. Since when does Gainey, of all GM's gotten loose lips and started whispering trade info into a rumour pipeline. Just not his style. Some GM's do this to test the water of public opinion, but not all do.

The trouble with rumours is blowhards like Al Strachan and John Davidson have commented on "word has it, a source out of" scenarios like they are gospel for years. It only tends to legitimize any crack ingesting fool that proclaims to know some tidbit based on a superfluous radio talk show.

It all bugs the living shit outta me too!

At August 17, 2006 at 9:57 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Gainey definitely wouldn't do that I agree. The lopsidedness of that trade is what makes me laugh. Like Bob is going to throw away all the depth he has created.

At August 17, 2006 at 11:09 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

In 1972, Sam Pollock offered the Islanders 7 players for their #1 pick, Denis Potvin. He smart to turn it down, but he admitted that each time old Sam added a player it got more tempting. Still never a smart thing to do.

Five years ago, the Habs were one player away from landing Ilya Kovalchuk. I recall watching the draft on TSN and Don Waddell stated that. He never mentioned any of the four, but it came out afterwards that the sticking point was goalie Mathieu Garon. Habs GM Andre Savard liked Garon's upside at the time and thought that would be too generous an offer. Too fricking bad!

At August 17, 2006 at 12:20 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Uh-oh. A certain somebody is also making this prediction:

"Vishnevski to Thrashers (e3)"

At August 17, 2006 at 12:26 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

e3 is an 'it makes sense/semi-bullshit' kind of rating.
There is also talk of Vishnevski staying in Anaheim, but I'll bet that's only an e1. An e1 is the equivalent of 'I'm drunk and hungry for site hits'

At August 17, 2006 at 12:36 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Florida will make the playoffs (e1).

Kind of like that?

At August 17, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

no, not even close! That's e5 material!

At August 17, 2006 at 2:13 p.m. , Blogger Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

Florida will make the playoffs this year, you are right on the button on that one.

At August 17, 2006 at 2:20 p.m. , Blogger Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

Oh, and regarding the Malkin trade: It's equally unbelievable that Pittsburgh would take on an additional $8.3 million in salary.

At August 17, 2006 at 2:36 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

that is true, but they can afford it as well, which I'm sure is part of the reason why the rumor was created.

At August 17, 2006 at 5:33 p.m. , Blogger Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

A team that used to comlain that they lost money with an $18 million payroll? I highly doubt that, the Pens seem to be in financial boogaloo these days.

At August 17, 2006 at 6:57 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I hear Dick Tarnstrom is going to play in Sweden, so he can say : hello, I'm from Sveeeedun!!


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