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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Public Service Announcement from @MedinaMarie_PI

Yes, yes they are
My dear hockey friends, that time of year is upon us. Trade week is at hand and the deadline of Feb 26 is fast approaching.

There are many, many trade rumors rolling around the media. There are even more jagoffs that want to make fools out of everyone by re-sharing old trade news or making up fake social media profiles in order to make everyone go insane with fake trades.

With that in mind, I would like to share some tidbits to help you not fall for the trickery that is sure to ensue in the coming days (and especially on Monday).

  • Enable your Twitter notifications for credible NHL media sources (TSN, Elliotte Friedman, Bob McKenzie, Pierre Lebrun, Josh Yohe, etc).
  • Check for the blue "Twitter Verified" check mark on all media sources with "breaking" trade deals
  • Check and double check the spelling of the Twitter Handle (example: Perguins instead of Penguins).
  • Check the date of all re-tweets. Do not re-share a tweet and then three hours and 300 comments later realize it's from five years ago. You will feel very dumb.
  • Check multiple media sources. If no one else has the same trade news within 15 minutes of the original tweet, then more than likely it isn't real.

Real trades are coming. And so are the fake ones. That's just the way it goes. Be smart, use common sense and we will all get through the next week just fine.

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