Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A FanHouse look at Eklund

Greg Wyshynski at The FanHouse has put together a pretty extensive look at the phenomenon that is Eklund, and I'm curious what people reading here think of the piece.

I had the chance to meet Eklund back at the trade deadline when he was in Toronto for his infamous stint on Canadian television, but it's not something I've ever taken the time to write about. Maybe with things slowing down this summer, now's the time.

One thing's for certain: His overall popularity is not on the wane.

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At 3:20 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Karina said...

What's with all the interest from Trinidad and Tobago?!?

 
At 3:30 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy is a joke.. he just pulled stuff out of his ass during the lockout, and since he was the only one saying anything speculative with any sense of authority, people listened.

His website is riddled with amateur looks and grade-school grammatical errors.

How could anybody take him seriously?
I wouldn't trust a publication that included him.

 
At 3:36 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger Danny said...

As I said on the Battle of PA. I was never one for his shenanigans, I just find his wild rumors fun to read.

He is not a hockey blogger, nor is his "in" with the hockey blogosphere.

He can't come close to Spector either.

I wish I thought of posting any trade I could come up with a few years ago. Imagine how popular I would be.

 
At 3:52 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

I was one (until recently) who paid for greater access to his site. I did not pay my money with the hopes of getting inside info and before-trade access. I did it to support a legitimate hockey website where people could talk about hockey. I think hockey's future lies in the internet and Ek's website certainly helps prove me right. You might want to check out a blog going on right now where Ek posted a rumor of Olli going to the Nucks only to have someone basically admit to fooling him. His site has value but he has to exercise controls over the rumors.

On the grammatical errors, that is the one major issue I have with the site as a whole. I am in favor of bloggers getting press passes and being granted full access but while I am willing to allow them their fan-leanings, their standard of discourse should be elevated to help all hockey bloggers be taken seriously. James, you are the standard bearer for both the interesting nature of your posts as well as your quality. I hope more bloggers take from your example.

 
At 4:21 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

You paid Eklund to support a place to talk about hockey? Did you get lost on the way to HFBoards?

 
At 4:35 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

Chemmy- I saw value in it and $20 is not going to send me to the poor house so I gave my money. I did not renew this year but I still support the site.

Your HFboards comment is well taken. The only thing I might say in response is that HF is a pure message board whereas Ek does have some known bloggers who write good articles which differentiates it.

 
At 4:38 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep getting banned from his site for my well-reasoned and well-thought out comments on a variety of topics.
For the record that shot of him from the Nashville rally makes me think he looks eerily similar to Randy Newman.

 
At 5:00 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only good thing about hockeybuzz are the legitimate reporters who blog over there.

Dwayne(err...eklund) is a hack and why people would ever pay for his inside sources is beyond me. Not to mention the 'game night' posts he put up during the playoffs showed he really doesn't know that much about the sport. If I was a legitimate reporter I would probably be pissed off over his success.

 
At 6:42 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all the flak MSM takes, there are excellent reporters who report first-hand. Duhatschek is the prime example.
With all due respect to Eklund, Spector, et al, anybody can regurgitate the MSM and offer an opinion.
What we`re witnessing is AM sports radio on the internet. The same obsessive goobers (fans) obsessing over the latest phenom in their favorite organization`s system. Except now the anonymity of the interwebs has elevated some of these obsessives into `experts.`
Eg. `Kevin Lowe should trade R. Schremp and a 3rd round pick to the Bruins for Patrice Bergeron.`
And before you know it, it`s a `rumour` being spread around the virtual web.

 
At 7:14 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

True, anyone can regurgitate trade rumours and offer an opinion, but very few have done so successfully via their own website or blog.

For the record, I've never passed myself off as a reporter, but merely an internet commentator of the NHL. My opinions aren't limited to trade rumours but I'll be the first to admit they're my bread and butter and what I get paid for. I count myself fortunate to be able to earn a living from it.

There are excellent reporters in the MSM. It's because of the MSM that I'm making a living now doing what I do, and I'm very appreciative of their hard work, even if sometimes I don't agree with what they report.

One big difference between myself and Eklund is I don't cite anonymous sources but merely post and comment on what the MSM is reporting, nor do I hide behind anonymity.

I've told Eklund personally over the past year via e-mails that I felt his anonymity could hold him back, and judging by this article it appears I was correct.

Eklund does what he does and it's up to hockey fans to decide if they want to support it or not. The internet is big enough to accommodate all of us, and if folks want to spend $20 bucks per month on his site, that's their business.

If there are people within the PHWA basing negative opinions of bloggers solely upon Eklunds work, they're guilty of ignorance, in which case their organization isn't worth belonging to.

That being said, I'm of the opinion that those running the PHWA are much smarter than that. I'm also skeptical that Eklund is making life more difficult for bloggers to become credentialed. If there is some opposition based on that, I'm sure it'll evaporate over time.

So,James,what's your opinion on this topic?

 
At 8:11 PM, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Eklund?

 
At 9:07 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

How many "confirmed" and "practically a done deal" deals has this guy made up?

Eklund's trade rumours will be worth talking about the moment he can get his accuracy somewhere beyond his current 4 per cent (which mostly includes "breaking stories" that broke somewhere else first).

 
At 10:08 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

What's with all the interest from Trinidad and Tobago?!?

Don't be suprised. Those probably aren't actual readers, but web-crawling spam-bots, most likely.

 
At 10:16 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I'm big in Malta, apparently, so take that for what it's worth.

 
At 12:49 AM, August 02, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

The problem with Eklund is he is clueless. His writing skills are atrocious and most of his regurgitated rumours make zero sense. For a long time he had a rumour of Gomez to Ottawa, but anything with have a clue would know that Ottawa had zero chance of affording Gomez. They couldn't even afford Comrie. And yet he kept regurgitating that rumour day in and day out without any consideration as to whether it made any sense. For the last month it seemed that every day he had the Leafs trading Raycroft and then signing Peca. Well Peca himself has stated publicly that the Leafs haven't shown much interest in bring him back and while I suspect that at some point Raycroft is likely to get traded (likely next summer though), if you predict it every day and then one day it happens, you can't really take any credit for it. Any idiot can do that. And that is the problem with Eklund. He is nothing more than a mouth piece to spew any little bit of information than any Joe Schmo tells him and that in no way qualifies you as a journalist or even a hockey writer.

 
At 10:33 AM, August 02, 2007, Anonymous degroat said...

I'm very reluctant to get involved in this post but there's so much that needs to be addressed...

He is not a hockey blogger, nor is his "in" with the hockey blogosphere.

He has a blog. It's about hockey. How is he not a hockey blogger? This might come as a shock to some people, but you don't have to be liked by Paul Kukla and Eric Merclain to be considered a hockey blogger.



How many "confirmed" and "practically a done deal" deals has this guy made up?

The only trade and/or signing that he has labeled as a done deal that didn't go through was Ryan Smyth re-signing at the last trade deadline.

Eklund's trade rumours will be worth talking about the moment he can get his accuracy somewhere beyond his current 4 per cent (which mostly includes "breaking stories" that broke somewhere else first).

You're giving him more credit than he gives himself. He has said that maybe 3% of what he hears actually results in a transaction based on the rumor.

eklund) is a hack and why people would ever pay for his inside sources is beyond me

The $20 is for access to features on the site, chat room, fantasy games, etc. It is a means to pay the site's enormous hosting costs. 18 million page views in a month costs a small fortune.

I'm also skeptical that Eklund is making life more difficult for bloggers to become credentialed.

Eklund has a good relationship with the NHL and has been credentialed in MANY buildings. Anyone who blames Eklund because they can't credentialed is simply making excuses for their own inability to get access.

The problem with Eklund is he is clueless. His writing skills are atrocious and most of his regurgitated rumours make zero sense. For a long time he had a rumour of Gomez to Ottawa, but anything with have a clue would know that Ottawa had zero chance of affording Gomez.

When he first reported Forbserg was going to sign with Philly I thought he was nuts because they didn't have the money. When he first reported that Hossa had been traded for Heatley nobody believed that players like them would be traded. Point being, he reports what he hears because you never know how badly a team wants a player and what else they'll be willing to do to make the finances work out.

 
At 2:01 PM, August 02, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

The only trade and/or signing that he has labeled as a done deal that didn't go through was Ryan Smyth re-signing at the last trade deadline.

You're kidding right? On trading day alone he presented Ty Conklin and Mattias Norstrom trades (to Anaheim) as facts, when indeed they were not. That is lame, sloppy, and above all, completely wrong.

You're giving him more credit than he gives himself. He has said that maybe 3% of what he hears actually results in a transaction based on the rumor.

Uh, thanks for the correction. It's a ringing endorsement for Eklund if I ever heard one.

 
At 2:58 PM, August 02, 2007, Anonymous degroat said...

You're kidding right? On trading day alone he presented Ty Conklin and Mattias Norstrom trades (to Anaheim) as facts, when indeed they were not. That is lame, sloppy, and above all, completely wrong.

No, he didn't. He posted Conklin to Buffalo and that's all he posted about Conklin. And he had Norstrom to Anaheim as a rumor... in his words, 'an E3'.

Uh, thanks for the correction. It's a ringing endorsement for Eklund if I ever heard one.

That is not news to anyone who understand the concept of a rumor.

 
At 3:26 PM, August 02, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

No, he didn't. He posted Conklin to Buffalo and that's all he posted about Conklin. And he had Norstrom to Anaheim as a rumor... in his words, 'an E3'

I was referring to his "performance" on Sportsnet.

http://www.thestar.com/article/186473

That is not news to anyone who understand the concept of a rumor.

Which leads me to my point: anyone can come up with rumours.

 
At 7:06 PM, August 02, 2007, Anonymous degroat said...

Yes, anyone can come up with rumors.

But Eklund has sources. Even Greg admits it in the article.

 
At 8:14 AM, August 13, 2007, Blogger HockeyNutz said...

Closer examination of HockeyBuzz's traffic numbers from other sources reveals a much lower traffic flow. Even with Alexa when you view the long term numbers you find they are much lower then even Ek brags about except for a couple of peak times like trade deadline and July 01!

 

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