On trade deadline day, everyone is desperate for news.  You want to know if your team has made a big deal.  You want to know if your rivals have improved their teams.  You want to know everything – and you want to know it RIGHT NOW.

Thankfully, in today’s modern world with its gadgets, whatsits and doodads, news spreads fast.  Unfortunately, that also means fake news spreads fast.  That @realkyper_ account is NOT Nick Kypreos’ Twitter account.  The Sportsnet personality’s Twitter account is @realkyper, without the underscore.   That one little punctuation mark caused serious problems on deadline day.

That one Tweet from the fake Nick Kypreos spread as quickly on the Internet as a celebrity upskirt and suddenly thousands of people thought Dustin Penner was a Canadien.  The riots were already underway when people around the ‘net started realizing that the account was fake.  Penner ended up going to Los Angeles shortly afterward.

But that wasn’t the only piece of fake news that shocked the Internet today.

Unlike the Kypreos Tweet, this incident was more of a prank than a fake news story.  That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t quickly spread around the Internet as fact, however.

The Tweets flooded in and even Lupul himself responded to the prank, apparently taking it in stride.

Of course, some people take this opportunity to immediately discredit the entire Internet.  That’s unfair.  Just like with any other news or rumour, it’s important that you take a moment to think before you pass news on.  You may just want to double check and ensure that the Tweet you’re reading is from a valid account before you tell everyone you know.

This is especially true if you run the Philadelphia Flyers’ website:

The Internet, and Twitter specifically, has changed how news is spread and therefore how the NHL Trade Deadline is covered. Teams, agents and players themselves are breaking news online themselves, without using press releases or the media. Journalists and reporters are using Twitter to deliver updates, news, rumours and to converse with fans. The media world is changing, growing and developing and these few hiccups doesn’t change that fact. Twitter is definitely a force in hockey.