NHL Trade Deadline 2014: Calling Fact or Fiction on the Biggest Rumors

Allan Mitchell@@Lowetide_Featured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

NHL Trade Deadline 2014: Calling Fact or Fiction on the Biggest Rumors

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    NHL trade deadline week is one of the most exciting times of the year for hockey fans. There are many rumors across the league meaning your team could be involved in several of them.

    How many rumors are true? How many are fictional and have never been discussed? Although it's impossible to answer those questions, there is a way to know about specific rumors in real time.

    Here are 10 rumors that are alive and well. How many are fact and how many are fiction?

Rumor: Jaromir Jagr Leaving New Jersey

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    The Rumor: The New Jersey Devils trading Jaromir Jagr.

    The Source: Rich Chere, Star-Ledger.

    Is it credible? A quick Google search for Jagr trade rumors results in dozens of possibilities. Chere's article is the perfect elixir for the rumors on the internet.

    Chere quotes Jagr saying that if the Devils plan to trade him, they should ask him if he wants to go there. We can assume New Jersey hasn't asked him, and any trade that occurs hasn't been discussed with Jagr.

    The rumor is false.

Rumor: Ryan Kesler to Pittsburgh

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    The Rumor: Ryan Kesler to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    The Source: Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Is it credible? Rossi is a very credible source. There are specifics to the deal, including Brandon Sutter, draft picks and specific prospects in his article.

    The Trib-Live piece also informs us Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero is interested and it is backed up by several unnamed sources. Kesler may not land in Pittsburgh, but it won't be from lack of effort.

    This rumor is true.

Rumor: Ales Hemsky to Anywhere

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    The Rumor: The Edmonton Oilers will trade Ales Hemsky.

    The Source: Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun.

    Is it credible? Tychkowski talks to Hemsky in the article, and the player is excited about the deadline. Hemsky mentions that he's speaking to general manager Craig MacTavish, so the parting sounds amicable.

    This rumor is true.

Rumor: Tyler Myers out the Door

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    The Rumor: The Buffalo Sabres are trading Tyler Myers.

    The Source: Darren Dreger, TSN.

    Is it credible? Dreger is very clear about the Myers situation. He states in his mailbag that Myers is not being shopped by the Sabres.

    He says general manager Tim Murray is interested in listening to offers, but he isn't trying to get Myers out the door as soon as possible.

    This rumor is false.

Rumor: Chris Phillips to Boston

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    The Rumor: Boston Bruins exploring the possibility of trading for Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips.

    The Source: Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston.

    Is it credible? The rumor makes sense on several levels. The lack of veteran defensemen available for NHL teams at the deadline, combined with Phillips' contract status suggests the deal is plausible.

    He ties Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli to Phillips in another way. McDonald reminds us Chiarelli has known the Ottawa defender since his days as assistant GM in Ottawa.

    This rumor is true.

Rumor: Jaroslav Halak to Minnesota

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    The Rumor: Minnesota Wild to acquire recently-traded goalie Jaroslav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres.

    The Source: Michael Russo, Star Tribune.

    Is it credible? You know a source is credible when the article starts with the reporter trying to borrow the GM's phone.

    Michael Russo specifically states Buffalo GM Tim Murray is trying to trade Halak to the Wild during the article. It also makes a lot of sense considering where both teams sit in the standings.

    This rumor is true.

Rumor: Martin Brodeur Leaving the Devils Behind

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    The Rumor: Martin Brodeur will waive his no-trade clause, and New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is shopping for a trade partner.

    The Source: Rich Chere, Star-Ledger.

    Is it credible? There's one-half of a rumor in the story. New Jersey and Brodeur have agreed to a parting of ways.

    The other side of the rumor is finding a willing trade partner. There's a plethora of goalies this year and many of them are stronger options.

    Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune provides confirmation that New Jersey and the Minnesota Wild talked about Brodeur.

    This rumor is credible.

Rumor: Chris Stewart Headed to Ottawa

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    The Rumor: After arriving from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller deal, Chris Stewart will not stay a Buffalo Sabre for long.

    The Source: John Vogl, Buffalo News.

    Is It Credible? There were rumors about Stewart and Ottawa via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun before the trade to Buffalo.

    Vogl correctly connects the player and team, and tells us the reasons the Senators would be interested. One thing that does stand out is Stewart's contract: He is not a rental having one year left on his deal. 

    This rumor is true.

Rumor: Paul Stastny to Get out of Denver

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    The Rumor: Paul Stastny is going to be signed or traded by the deadline.

    The Source: Adrian Dater, Denver Post.

    Is It Credible? Dater does an excellent job of describing the situation in Denver.

    The Avalanche have a young and improving team, and Stastny could be a big part of it. However, his contract is expiring and the club has to protect itself against losing him for nothing.

    This rumor is credible.

Rumor: New York Islanders Will Trade Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald

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    The Rumor: The New York Islanders will be a major trade deadline player.

    The Source: Arthur Staple, Long Island Newsday.

    Is It Credible? Staple has this covered in every way. After quoting Bob McKenzie from TSN in regard to the number of teams who have called about Thomas Vanek, he gets specific.

    Staple tells us that Islanders GM Garth Snow will take it right up to the deadline, barring a fantastic offer. He also states the Islanders have two unique talents to offer, which is true in the case of Vanek.

    This rumor is true.