One thing that I’ve grown accustomed to during my decade plus years at TSN, people always ask me about trades, signings etc. Inside info. I have some breaking news, I know nothing. Trades and signings are a lot like they appeared in Moneyball, when Brad Pitt (Billy Beane), decides to trade a player, gets on the phone and makes a deal. I’ve been asked about the Marner contract at leas 100 times over the summer. Mainly the conversation goes like this
“Hey you work at TSN, you must know what’s going on with Marner?”
Me: “I haven’t heard a thing”
“Come on, you must know?”
Me: “I know nothing, I’m sure Marner knows though”
“Here’s what I’m hearing he’s after”
Me: “Sounds like you have some insider info there”
I don’t know when Marner will sign, generally, like Moneyball, these things happen out of nowhere. I was asked about Nylander a few hundred times last year, and he got a deal done on Dec 1st, just before the deadline. Out of nowhere, at the deadline.
Like Schultz on Hogan’s Heroes, I know nothing. Sorry.