tantalum wrote:He's around the team everyday in a professional reporter capacity. If he doesn't credibility in this situation no one does. Several folks with credibility have also said Portzine is likely correct and he does have credibility.
Maybe this comment belongs in the Vancouver Hockey Media thread, but there are a handful of reporters that I think have credibility. Dreger and Mackenzie, Andy Strickland...and that's it. Maybe I don't know enough about Portzline specifically, but if Gallagher is around the team every day in a professional reporter capacity, and says "Cody Hodgson is going to demand a trade because he's mad about icetime, but AV is mad at him because Cody didn't want to go back to junior, therefore Cody's going to leave us", does that have any credibility? Or is he just trying to generate a story?
If Nash is going to be traded, and if there is a list, its one of the biggest hockey stories of the year. The CBJs would keep that list as tightly under wraps as possible to maintain a strong bargaining position, and I would guess you could count on one hand how many people actually know. And if there was a leak, the leak's story wouldn't change a day later to add Vancouver, plus the 6 other biggest hockey markets/fanbases in the League. As someone who used to read Eklund, it just reeks, because that's exactly what he would do - figure out where the site traffic was coming from, then put those teams in every single trade rumour. Then, surprise! Toronto, Vancouver, New York, and Philly are in every single trade rumour!
Again you're right that I'm speculating, but as soon as I read his story it sounded like bullshit.
As for the Kings, I totally agree with you. Johnson at that cap hit is a key part of their team. But what you pointed out is my opinion on Nash in general: whoever gets him is going to regret it in 1-2 years.
I think there's no chance he'd want to come to Vancouver, or that Gillis would bother making an offer, but I really want to see where he ends up because of the trickledown effect on the Canucks.