Yesterday afternoon, Twitter was set ablaze when a Philadelphia beat writer, Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull), reported a trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers. Sam alledged that TSN had originally reported the trade, but removed the post.
Obviously the post was never real, and Bob McKenzie defended the oft reliable sports network. As you can see from the below image, it was a very poorly photo shopped tweet that originally confused Mr. Carchidi.
I simply mention this exchange to serve as a warning. As we get closer to the Trade Deadline, you will see more misinformation like the above. You will see copycat Twitter accounts and poorly cropped images that people use to garner attention and mislead fans.
I offer you a few reliable sources that you can follow, so that you are certain to get the most accurate information.
Elliote Friedman, HNIC (@FriedgeHNIC)
Elliote is a staple on TSN and regularly makes appearances on NHL Network. He is widely believed to be the best inside source in the media.
Bob McKenzie, TSN (@TSNBobMcKenzie)
Mr. McKenzie has been an analyst and insider with TSN for a long time. He has a lot of inside connections, and is often correct in his information.
Nick Kypreos, SportsNet (@RealKyper)
This one may be controversial, but hear me out. Nick is not a very good prognosticator, but he does have reliable connections. He does not retweet misinformation. If he cites his tweets as sourced information, it is generally reliable.
Pierre Lebrun, The Athletic (@PierreVLebrun)
The former ESPN Contributor has been a staple in the hockey communtiy for as long as I can remember. He is very well-connected, and often gets exclusive rights to breaking deals.
The Athletic Beat Writers
In the last couple of years, The Athletic has blossomed into a great outlet for sports coverage. There are many great writers including James Mirtle (@Mirtle), Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic), Scott Cruickshank (@ByCruickshank), Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers), Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler), Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL), Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) and many others.
If you want specific deals surrounding your team, then you need to find out who your local Athletic contributor is.
This outlet has established itself as a very connected source. Many teams have been using The Athletic to release information and exclusive interviews.
Just be cognizant of your fellow fans, and be certain the information is verified before retweeting.