NHL Fake Trade Generator Updated for 2013 NHL Trade Deadline!

Will Jarome Iginla leave Calgary for a run at the 2013 Stanley Cup? Which cup contender might nab Mike Ribeiro to bolster their goal-scoring chances during the playoffs? Skip the anonymous hockey rumor experts, and simply consult the NHL Fake Trade Generator here at NHLFakeTrades.com.

So here’s the exercise, in a nutshell – there are a zillion anonymous rumor-mongers out there who pass along garbage to hockey fans who are eager to find out what’s going to happen to their favorite team. As a counter to that, I came up with a pretty simple set of rules to generate a bunch of theoretical trade scenarios. If you look at each one as a separate “rumor”, it turns out that these scenarios were about twice as accurate as hockey’s most infamous rumor-peddler, Eklund, racked up during the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline season.

While I’ve created my NHL Fake Trade Generator for several seasons now, it was Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail who inspired me to set up a side website to host the generator and highlight the scenarios which it projects. So flip by to check out the Fake Trade of the moment, which changes occasionally on the front page of this site.

And if you’ve got a Fake NHL Trade of your own to propose, either tweet it using the hashtag #NHLFakeTrade or drop it in the comments of our Share your NHL Fake Trade page!

Share your NHL Fake Trades!

Do you have a totally made-up, yet plausible NHL Fake Trade to share? Sound off in the comments below, or use the Twitter hashtag #NHLFakeTrade to share it via Twitter!


Welcome to NHL Fake Trades

Have you heard the latest NHL trade rumors? These days, it seems like news comes fast & furious, at all hours of the day or night. But in order to meet hockey fans’ insatiable demand for trade news, a seedy underbelly has grown over the course of the last several years, with anonymous writers tossing “rumors” around without accountability or credibility. At best, it represents entertainment value for fans musing about various trade possibilities, but there’s a downside, too – often the legitimate hockey media gets sent on wild goose chases, trying to run down whether rumors which spread are real stories to be investigated.

Now, you can get your NHL trade rumor fix whenever you like, with a clear understanding that they’re completely made-up – by checking here to consult the 2012 NHL Fake Trade Generator. It’s built off something I’ve done in previous seasons, and thanks to inspiration from Eric Duhatschek’s February 17 column in the Globe & Mail, I decided to go ahead and set up a standalone site for hockey fans everywhere to get a dose of trade “news” on demand:

Somebody was missing a sure money-making opportunity by failing to register the domain name NHLFaketrades.com. There is so much interest in what happens at the trade deadline – and so much wild speculation about who may or may not change teams – someone may as well create a forum so people who dream up stuff can post it somewhere.

So here we go – check back here for the latest & greatest in fictitious trade talk. Not just that which is spit out by the Fake Trade Generator, but I’ll share some of the more ridiculous rumors spread by some of the anonymous rumor-mongers out there on Twitter!