To die-hard hockey fans, trade deadline rumors can produce excitement, anxiety and, frequently, outright vitriol when they don’t pan out. But just how accurate are they?
In an attempt to settle this question, The Star-Ledger analyzed every rumor published by three prominent hockey insiders – Єklund (2.3% accurate), HockeyyIndsiderr (the extra letters were likely required to secure a Twitter handle) and Spector’s Hockey – in the month leading up to the trade deadline. Each rumor was logged in a database and when the trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. yesterday, analyzed for accuracy and assigned a score akin to the NHL standings system. (see more about how this was done below)
At the end of the day, one of these insiders came out looking like a Stanley Cup contender, while the other two would more likely be holding a fire sale of its players at the trade deadline after a horrid season:
For those who don't know, Steve Sterling is a die-hard Devils fan, and used to blog with me at 2 Man Advantage, and helped myself and Joe (puckrock) found Intent To Blow. He's now a reporter at the Star Ledger.