GMs unhappy with trigger-happy hockey media
Stream of denials issued by clubs
Are hockey beat reporters and broadcasters getting ahead of themselves and passing off rumour as fact in their bid to scoop the competition as NHL clubs gather for the draft in Ottawa?
The answer is a resounding "yes," according to some general managers around the league.
Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks and Don Waddell of the Atlanta Thrashers are the latest to take reporters to task.
Wilson shot down reports from Canadian sources that the Sharks were willing to trade the negotiating rights of Brian Campbell, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"The accurate report is we’ve got a scheduled negotiation tonight and tomorrow," said Wilson on Thursday.
Waddell denied a TSN report that the Thrashers had hired the coach of their minor-league affiliate in Chicago, John Anderson. Waddell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the process of hiring a new coach was ongoing.
The pair follow Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray, as well as agent Rich Winter and Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero.
An Ottawa newspaper report had centre Jason Spezza heading to Los Angeles in a blockbuster deal.
Newspaper, TV reports inaccurate: Hossa's agent
"You guys make up more stories than I can ever imagine," Murray told reporters on Thursday. "I don't know where this stuff comes from. All that I know, at this point in time, that's not going to happen."
Meanwhile, reports had Hossa signing a lucrative, long-term deal with Pittsburgh.
"The newspaper and television reports generated so far are completely inaccurate," said Winter, Hossa's agent. "None of the information has come from the principles involved in the discussions. Ray Shero and I have not spoken with anyone about a contract."
Shero also said there was no truth to the rumours that centre Evgeni Malkin could be available in a trade.