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The soon to be consummated Ilya Kovalchuk trade is easily the biggest story in hockey right now.  One of the league’s premiere goal scorers, Kovalchuk is a pending free agent and is available to whichever team offers Atlanta the best deal.

Naturally, the trade rumours are flying, and just as naturally Eklund is in the middle of it.  He’s also hilarious.  Here’s what he’s suggested about Kovalchuk in the last 24 hours:

  1. The New Jersey Devils are pursuing Kovalchuk.
  2. Los Angeles is not close.
  3. With the acquisition of Jokinen, the New York Rangers became involved in the Kovalchuk derby.
  4. Los Angeles is not close.
  5. The New York Islanders were not discussing Kovalchuk with the Thrashers.
  6. Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Vancouver and the New York Rangers are all in the race.
  7. The team leading the way is not Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New Jersey or the New York Rangers.
  8. There are interested teams nobody knows about.
  9. Anaheim is in the race.
  10. Los Angeles is officially out.
  11. New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston are leading the way, with Anaheim and the New York Rangers also involved.
  12. The New York Rangers are heavily involved.
  13. A mystery team is involved – possibly Colorado or Minnesota.

In other words, in the last 24 hours Eklund has directly named 11 teams and on three occasions stated that unknown teams are involved.  Or to put it another way, if 27 of the other 29 NHL teams acquire Kovalchuk, Eklund can say he heard about it.

It’s great stuff.

Comments (9)

  1. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by jonathanwillis: How @Eklund does it – at this point 27/29 #NHL teams could acquire #Kovalchuk: http://bit.ly/aJ3RnB Thanks for that, Holmes….

  2. He uses the ever so popular “shotgun attempt”….sooner or later hes bound to get something right.
    You have to hand it to him though, he still gets a shit load of hits for idiots, and thats why hes still pullin in that paper

  3. And here we are talking about the guy. That’s part of the problem, isn’t it? Sure, Eklund’s a joke, but with so many bloggers writing about what a joke he is, his name stays in the discussion. You didn’t link to him, though, so I have to give you that, Jonathan.

  4. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  5. Scott: I’ve been waiting for him to go away for years, and have tried to avoid talking about him for the most part (with a few moments of weakness). It isn’t working, so I’ve decided that aggressive shaming can’t hurt.

    I still won’t link to his site but I don’t mind going into detail about what a fraud he is.

  6. Eklund is particularly funny these days. On Kovalchuk, he seems mostly to just be parroting what Bob McKenzie and Kevin Allen are saying on Twitter. Especially amusing was the one where he said something like “Bob McKenzie has tweeted that Kovalchuk hasn’t been traded to the Kings. My sources agree with that.” It’s like he’s not even trying to claim his own sources anymore, he’s just given up completely and is repeating what TSN says.

  7. JW, but if Kovy goes to Detroit, Hockeyoutsiders had that story months ago. haha.

  8. On Sunday when Dreger was breaking the Leafs’ deal it was hilarious watching Eklund trying to one up him and failing so miserably.

  9. @TK421

    Ummm…why aren’t you at your post?

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