Spector had the same teams interested, so it's not like Eklund went way out on a limb since they've been out there with lines in the water before. Biggane's had his credibility ruined for some time, I mean the guy gets bored and he just starts making things up.
As I've said before, he had Cohen practically twisting Martin's arm to hire Hartley and then Savard is all but hired? When his team is in the Finals and he wasn't allowed to talk to him? Thanks Biggane!
I'm going to buck the trend and cut Biggane some slack.
It's unlikely he would bother reporting rumours unless he had some external pressure to generate some kind of hockey article related to the Panthers on a regular basis. This could be an editorial requirement, or simply (I'd even suggest more likely) that if he doesn't produce the hockey stories regularly, his paper will drop their coverage of the Panthers altogether except the most important news during the regular season and playoffs. Maybe drop hockey altogether.
Just a hunch, mind you. I have a hard time believing he could have submitted these last two articles thinking they were legitimate.