One of the greatest thinkers in human history—the historian, the epistemologist, the philosopher. The man known as Socrates. Although he died around four-hundred B.C, I'm pretty sure that he knew what was coming in the later centuries to come even though the sport of hockey wasn't even an idea until thousands of years later.
Of all his great achievements and works, Socrates is perhaps best known for a quote that said, "All I know is that I know nothing," and that is how our Greek friend relates directly to not just trade rumors involving the NHL, but for all sports.
Fact is, all hockey fans have their go-to websites when it comes to wanting some inside information. Whether it be the rumor mill on ESPN or the infamous Eklund on Hockey Buzz, we all have our places. But just how credible are they?
No matter what the site's credentials are, there have hardly been any predictions to come true, at least recently anyway. I, like many others here on Bleacher Report and blogging outlets around the net, have had my share in spreading some of these rumors that haven't come true, even if I was almost damn-near certain that a certain trade would happen.
Even when rumors come directly from a management's hierarchy (as rare as that is), there is still a chance that something could go wrong in the inner workings of the deal because a lot can happen in the time it takes for an actual trade or signing to be made.
Also, keep in mind that just because a rumor is reported that fails to come true doesn't mean there wasn't a deal in the works to begin with. Let's just say that we see a rumor that says, "Alex Ovechkin to the Thrashers a Possibility."
Sounds ridiculous, right?
Absolutely but who are we to say that Don Waddell didn't call up George McPhee and just throw an offer on the table? We can't because all we know for fact is absolutely nothing.
I could right now say that I was on the phone with Glen Sather last night and he told me that Scott Gomez is going to be traded to San Jose. Did I really speak to him? No. Can you prove that I didn't? No again.
It's highly unlikely that I talked to Mr. Sather on the phone but he could be my uncle for all you know. Once again, how much information do you have on me? None at all.
It's a shame that people actually make a living by spreading rumors on the Internet. The infamous Eklund even sometimes enlists the help of his dog to tell him who is going where. Let's put that into perspective for a moment; the last man that got information from his dog was the Son of Sam, and we all know how that ended up.
So next time you see a rumor and want to get all excited, contain yourself until it comes true; and remember Socrates' eight famous words.
Greg Caggiano is a writer here on Bleacher Report covering the New York Rangers. He has a New York area sports teams blog called Metro-Sports, where you can read great articles about all professional sports teams that play in the area by a dedicated team of young writers.