About NHL Fake Trades

My name is Dirk Hoag, and you’ll find most of my hockey writing at OnTheForecheck.com, where I cover the Nashville Predators as part of the SB Nation network. Sniping at those anonymous figures who spin hockey rumors has long been a bit of a pastime for me, so back in 2009 I came up with the idea of using a Google Spreadsheet to produce automated NHL trade rumors, to see if, by applying a couple very basic criteria, I could devise a method which would be more accurate than the Eklunds of the world in predicting where players would end up after the NHL Trade Deadline.

It turned out to be almost twice as accurate, actually! My automated system yielded a 5.5% hit rate, compared to Eklund’s 3.2%, as tracked by HockeyBuzzHogwash.com.

I hadn’t engaged in that kind of activity for the 2012 Trade Deadline, but upon reading Eric Duhatschek’s February 17 column in the Globe & Mail, I decided to dust off that stuff, freshen it up for the current season, and launch it here at NHLFakeTrades.com.

What you’ll find here are entirely fictitious, but somewhat plausible, trade “rumors” refreshed throughout the day on the front page of the site. In addition, when I see an especially awful instance of rumor-spreading by one of the charlatans out there, I’ll share those in our “Rumor-Mongering Bozos” section.

So let’s have some fun with this, and enjoy the 2012 NHL trade deadline season!

Got a Fake Trade to share?

I want to get your input, too. Either head to our Share your NHL Fake Trade page and leave one in the comments, or broadcast it on Twitter using the hashtag #NHLFakeTrade!

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