The Weber saga came as a bit of a surprise in this somewhat eventful NHL off-season.
The Flyers signed Weber to an offer sheet, something that nobody believed could be possible. Nobody expect for people that follow and believe HockeyyInsiderr that is!
This tweet came from him on July 5, exactly 2 weeks before the Flyers signed Weber to the offer sheet.
Of course, HockeyyInsiderr got called a hack, fraud etc. as per the usual dumb asses that follow him just to bash. Of course the Flyers would never do such a thing.
Then in the early hours of July 19 the unimaginable happened. The Flyers signed Weber to an offer sheet (!). 14 years deal, worth $110M.
I will give credit to Darren Dreger for being the first to release the info that Weber has signed the offer sheet
However, less than 15 minutes later (around 1:13PM ET) HockeyyInsiderr tweeted this
https://twitter.com/HockeyyInsiderr/status/225820542933032960 which represents the exact term AND money on the deal.
Now HockeyyInsiderr is getting a lot of grief for having good info but vague info. Being close but not precise enough. I didn’t see anyone give Dreger a hard time for saying 100M+. That’s pretty vague. Gotta give this one to HockeyyInsiderr who broke the exact deal.
I challenge you all to find a Twitter feed that had the exact TERM AND MONEY for the Weber offer sheet. You won’t be able to.
What followed was almost 6 days of coverage of the situation in which it isn’t even debatable that HockeyyInsiderr had AMAZINGLY accurate info. Dreger on the other hand… not so much. And neither did the mainstream media, who kept guessing for the most part that Preds weren’t going to match. But I’ll let you draw your own conclusions based on the tweets which I will present to you below.
On the date of July 23 2012 at 4:12 PM ET (about 23 hours before Preds officially announced they matched) HockeyyInsiderr tweeted this:
Again, so much for the nay-sayers complaining HockeyyInsiderr is vague!
I will personally give 1000$ to the person that points out a tweet earlier than this one from any insider (Mainstream or not) saying that Preds will match. Guess what I’m keeping my $$$. HockeyyInsiderr was first to break this.
Here comes the REALLY FUNNY PART. Same day, 5:13PM ET AKA 1 hour after the HockeyyInsiderr breaking news Darren Dreger tweets the EXACT opposite! Owners still undecided about the Weber situation, and very unlikely they will match. Proof? Here:
GUESS WHAT DARREN THEY HAD MADE UP THEIR MIND ALREADY.
Were you too busy snorting coke off your buddy’ Aaron Ward’s butt in the TSN bathroom? Perhaps but I shall not embark in this as your personal life and choices are none of my business. However, had the situation been the other way around AKA Dreger making a report, HockeyyInsiderr denying it and then the report actually coming to fruition, the whole world would have buried HockeyyInsiderr. Just sayin!
Next day at 3:11 PM HockeyyInsiderr announced the official news that the Preds have indeed officially matched the Weber offer sheet.
Soon after, Mainstream Media and my dear colleague Darren Dreger caught up to the news as well. This is Dreger’s tweet at 3:12 (one minute after HockeyyInsiderr, copy and paste much DD?)
This situation has remained unknown to the public for long enough. People deserve to read and acknowledge how the media darling of NHL deal reporting has been schooled from A to Z on perhaps the biggest story of the summer by an anonymous blogger. Would like to hear your take on this, especially the HockeyyInsiderr “haters”. Post comments or respond to me via Twitter @HIisLegit
Expect more evidence. I will not rest.