Since there is some friction from certain media types (or, more accurately, one) about our Drew Doughty news and since this comes from someone who I respected (and still do) but who has probably never read the site, let’s get a few things straight: A deal in principle (having handled hundreds before they came to fruition or needed further tweaking, which I am not sure this person can say for himself) is not the same thing as a “done deal.” I chose my words carefully for that reason. But, the alleged pundits (again, one of them) who rely on their work to put food on their table and are financially motivated to sell their product (whereas Jacob and I do this solely for the love of the game and the team & turn away about 10-15 advertisers per week) grind their teeth because they don’t want to believe our information is correct.

Now, I don’t post everything I hear and sometimes I am purposefully cryptic about it when our source and I agree that the news is not arriving with enough specifics or we simply don’t want to believe it. I also have no patience for bad information. That is why 2 sources became 1. 1 has consistently been right, the other has been hit and miss. Thus, I eliminated one of them. Now, IF those who throw daggers read the site, what would they have seen? Here are a few examples (by no means comprehensive) off the top of my head:

We told you before anyone else did that Dean Lombardi had the Drew Doughty contract offer and had held it for a while. Helene Elliott (who Surly & I love and consider the best source for LA Kings news) confirmed it later that same day. I actually heard about it well before I even posted it but, at the time, I didn’t give it much thought.

We are the one who told you first (before anyone) that Nicolas Deslauriers signed a 3 year deal with the LA Kings. In fact, we confirmed it days before it was announced by anyone and we told you 5 days before we scooped it that it was imminent.

We are the ones who gave you a head’s up about Ryan Smyth potentially no longer being a L.A. King before anyone (including the simply awesome Bob McKenzie) mentioned it. That is what prompted me to write this Smyth article but I almost didn’t want to believe it so I intentionally kept it very vague and kept what our source directly told us away from it. Note, we had not heard that he “asked” for a trade, but that there were talks of a trade and also note that I specifically mentioned on June 13 (a week before Bob McKenzie reported Ryan had asked for a trade) about “…trading him to the Oilers for a 2nd, 3rd or 4th round pick, or another Canadian team…” because I specifically heard there were talks with the Oilers.

Where was the mainstream media on this issue on June 13?

Where was the one that questions our source?

We were also the first ones that mentioned Smyth’s decision was between two teams, which we later learned was the Oilers and Flames. We were the first to tell you the deal was done (which then became the Gilbert Brule and Colin Fraser mess) Again, before anyone else.

Those who read our site know there is more but you get the point.

This doesn’t include all the information we get that I purposefully don’t post because it is not specific enough. For example (and one of about fifteen in the past three months), before the pick swap happened with the Predators, I heard (days before) that the Preds and Kings were talking. “Talking” could mean so many things that I kept it away from any article.

Now, to the one who claims the source is not legitimate, how is it that we are breaking news hours, days and sometimes over a week before anyone else, including the mainstream media? Including you? Do you think we are just really good “guessers”? Did Surly find a crystal ball? Am I really Dean Lombardi? Facts are stubborn things.

Onto Drew Doughty. Is it possible some of the information that comes to our source is “planted” by either camp to create tension for the other side? Sure. That is possible. Negotiations that are in the public eye sometimes get planted information. We have even acknowledged that. But, know that our source has proven himself right, time and again (though not 100% of the time, which nobody can claim for a myriad of reasons you likely already know) and thus, I trust what I hear – in large part because I don’t just hear information but am told where it comes from specifically and how much faith I should put into it (which prompts me to sometimes keep it away from posting). If someone out there wants to question it because the typical pundits don’t know anything about it yet and when they call Lombardi or the agents, they get canned responses, then I would only say, respectfully of course, that is a short cut to thinking but, nevertheless, their right because goodness forbid a couple of damn bloggers with a passion for the team know more about anything hockey than someone who needs their site for a paycheck. Remember, we don’t do this for money, fame, or anything other than we love this team, we love this game and love our readers…and quite frankly, those who give us respect and act like professionals get the same in return. As for the other, well, you know what they say about opinions.