I am sure most of you are aware of the rumour monger who goes by the alias ‘Eklund’. I think most of you also realize he is a complete fraud and that most of his rumours are a complete joke. But for those of you who don’t, or even those of you ho do and want another good laugh at Eklunds expense, consider this statement he wrote on his blog today.
Some sources are saying that a Kessel trade to the Leafs may be much closer than we think. “Remember that Kessel isn’t signed,” a source said, “So before any trade is made, the team acquiring Kessel would have to be given some ability to talk and know what exactly it is that Kessel is looking for in terms of dollars and years.”
Why does that single sentence show what a farce Eklund is? Well, it is quite simple. That ‘source’ of Eklund is indicating that any team trading for him would have to be given the ability to talk to Kessel to essentially negotiate a contract before making a trade for him. Well, for the other 99.999% of us who have a clue about hockey know that Kessel is a free agent and any team is perfectly able to call up his agent and begin negotiating a contract. They don’t need to be ‘given some ability to talk’ to Kessel, they already have that ability. I am sure that Brian Burke has talked to Kessel’s agent and/or Kessel himself and has a very good indication of what it would take to sign Kessel to a contract.
But getting back to Eklund, it seems to me the only way that Eklund’s sources would say something so nonsensical is:
1. Eklund’s source is so uninformed of hockey matters that he does not realize Kessel’s status as a restricted free agent and the rights that gives other teams to talk to them and that Eklund is equally uninformed not to realize what RFA status means himself and thus regurgitated his sources quote thinking it was a valuable piece of information.
2. There really is no source and the ‘quote’ was made up by Eklund who is still apparently uninformed enough not to realize what Kessel’s RFA status means relative to other teams ability to contact him.
Not sure which is worse but neither say much for the rumour monger.