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Would you believe Alexandre Daigle is tweeting NHL trade rumours from an anonymous Twitter account? No? Congratulations, you're not an idiot. (Rick Stewart, Getty Images)

Reason #7356 the hockey offseason makes me sad: the most talked about hockey-related story on Twitter yesterday was not Max Pacioretty signing a 6-year extension with the Canadiens. Instead, everyone was talking about the outing of infamous rumour mongerer HockeyyInsiderr as a 17-year-old high school student.

A 16-year-old OJHL scout by the name of Jonathan Kyriacou did a little amateur online detective work and connected a series of dots that seemed to identify the supposed insider as Alex Dulude. Unsurprisingly, Dulude has not worked for 4 NHL teams and doesn’t have contacts throughout the league. I’m not entirely convinced that Kyriacou has pinpointed the right guy – his “evidence” is a combination of trusting the word of the guy he’s trying to prove is a liar and a fair amount of conjecture – but Deadspin picked it up and ran with it, officially making it “big news”.

None of this is properly entertaining or newsworthy. Most people had already concluded that HockeyyInsiderr was a far cry from trustworthy and the way he dealt with his critics meant he was already pegged as having the maturity of a 17-year-old.

But what happened next was thoroughly entertaining, as the supposed insider went off the deep end.

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NHL teams do a lot of stupid stuff during intermissions, from tricycle racing to sumo wrestling in fat suits and beyond. “Beyond” includes human bowling, or in the case of the Nashville Predators the “human hockey puck.”

It was in rehearsal where it happened – Adam Davis, or “Intern Adam” was placed on a sled and whipped at huge bowling pins, which he missed entirely before breaking his ankle on the end boards. He was then transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he had screws put in said ankle.

Ouch.

And now he’s suing them for $25,000 to cover the cost of his medical bills from the incident.

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Jason Kay is the editor of the Hockey News, and is not the kind of guy to tweet something like this without knowing for sure:

There’s likely enough disgruntled Leafs fans that if the city ever did get a second team, they’d be more than willing to jump ship.

Who knows what the intentions are here, but with the population and interest in hockey in that city, I can’t see an NHL-ready building sitting there and being used solely for Bieber concerts.

Paulina Gretzky, from Complex.com

Whatever your opinion is of Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina, there’s no denying that she’s not backing down after getting a good amount of poor press for some (a lot) of racy photos she’s posted online.

The picture above is a from an interview and photoshoot she did for Complex magazine, where she had some interesting things to say about who she is and her lifestyle. There’s a video that accompanies it all on the website which I would love to post here, if she weren’t dumping water and ice all over herself in slow-motion.

Yeah, seriously. /loses all male readers immediately

(Tangent – have you ever seen the SNL skit “The Californians?” It’s at the bottom of the post, for those of you who haven’t. They must owe her royalties for basing the entire skit on her. …Or maybe she owes The Hills royalties? I’m not exactly sure.)

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Nothing about New York really HOOKED Shea Weber. Hah, get it? Hooked? ...I hate myself

I know you’re all desperate for even more Shea Weber news and, by gum, I give the people what they want. The prospect of Weber becoming a Flyer has pretty

much every non-Flyer fan in something of an apoplectic rage (okay, probably not, but we’re not happy about it) but it turns out that this story could have been very different (except totally the same with a different team involved). Check it:

 

So, yeah, that’s a new one. It’s fully Weber’s choice to play where he wants, this just seems like kind of a silly excuse. First of all, there’s no law that mandates you live in Manahttan if you move to New York City and second of all, while Philly’s nowhere near the size of New York, it’s not exactly a small town. In fact, it has a population of over 1.5 million people.

But, hey, I get it, New York can be a scary place. Maybe he saw the Avengers recently and is was like “I’m relatively sure the Chitauri are invading sooner or later, I don’t want to be there when that happens.” Or maybe he wants to run the Rocky steps every day. The point is, we don’t know, so lay off him.

And far be it from me to rag on anyone for not going to play with the Rangers. Although the alternative is the Flyers. Now I’m conflicted.

Last year I had the distinct privilege of travelling with theScore to cover the Winter Classic, and without a doubt, the Alumni Game was the biggest surprise of the trip. It was packed, people cared, and cheered with nearly as much vigour as they did for the real game. The chants of “Bernie” for Parent was probably the coolest, loudest moment of the weekend.

Having seen many alumni games in my time, this truly caught me off guard (they’re usually comparable to eating super-dry turkey. Could be worse, still not all that pleasurable). But with this year being two teams with an undying love of their team’s history, I’ll be much better prepared for the energy.

Who will the Leafs trot out? The Red Wings? ANSWERS REVEALED BELOW.

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Awhile back, we shared the story of Jacob Trouba, the Kitchener Rangers, and the University of Michigan. He had committed to the latter, but the Rangers allegedly offered him the tidy sum of $200,000 to drop the University deal and come play for them.

This isn’t unheard of, but it’s rare to pin an exact player, team, and dollar amount to the situation.

This was done by Matt Slovin, a student-reporter in Michigan Daily.com.

The parents of Trouba immediately denied they had been offered money, Trouba reiterated that he was going to be going to Michigan, and the Kitchener Rangers got pissed at the bad press.

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