Sunday, September 16, 2007

How a trade is announced

Chris Botta of the Islanders gives an excellent blow by blow summary of how a trade is announced, this on his new blog, complete with a shot at an unnamed Canadian GM for leaking information. He's the VP of media relations for the Islanders, and I'll go out on a limb here and guess that he has no formal training in diplomacy. There is some interesting stuff sprinkled on there so far, whether you are an Isles fan or not.

His subordinate Corey Witt also has a blog, which Botta doesn't even link to, oddly enough. Both are blogspot.com things, and they have different layouts. Very much an "I'm doing this in my spare time" vibe they are trying for, I suspect.

The beat writer from Newsday, Greg Logan, is following the team. He seems to be rolling his eyes at Logan's refusal to travel on the team charters even through the rigorous preseason schedule in Atlantic Canada, silly ethics. I can't find the verbage on this particular bit right now, but I read it there just a couple of days ago.

I'm assuming that these are the same guys who named Islanders Mania the official Islander message board this summer, and the influence seems obvious. This would be the equivalent of the OilFans.com message board being sponsored by the Oilers.

And I would think that these media relations guys are the people behind the new Isles suite for bloggers, the 'Blog Box'. By the by, the new sponsor of the 'Blog Box' ... none other than Eklund's Hockeybuzz.com.

Honestly, people. You can't make this shit up.

7 Comments:

Blogger mc79hockey said...

Am I the only guy who just assumes at this point that Eklund is funded by the NHL?

9/16/2007 5:25 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

They sure do embrace the guy, which seems very strange. Surely the right course of action from any self respecting sports league is to ignore him.

You have to give this Eklund guy credit though, here's a hockey fan in Philly who turned a bunch of free time and a penchant for bullshit into a career.

9/16/2007 7:14 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Just to clarify, the bit on Logan flying commercial is in the August archives. D'Oh!

9/16/2007 7:22 pm  
Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I wonder who that GM is?

9/16/2007 8:09 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Gotta be Bryan Murray.

Lithen, we're going to thign Fither - you heard it here firtht.

9/17/2007 5:55 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

For some reason I think he is talking about Ferguson. Botta threw some pretty wild accusations his way, and Dreger's/TSN's way, at the draft, and later he backed off a bit.

Then again, I can't think of any deals that they have made with the leafs since Jonsson.

The Isles have made a couple of deals with Lowe but there haven't been any leaks on those that I recall.

9/18/2007 10:58 pm  
Blogger lost said...

With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.


I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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10/11/2007 11:59 am  

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