Robin, if you are still reading this thread, the interview that the articles were apparently based upon is at the Edmonton Oilers site. After listening to it, it seemed to be more that Kevin Lowe had talked to 22 GMs, and maybe kicked around ideas with him. Did not sound like they were all real concrete deals.
Maybe certain members of 1260 figure that driving ratings by pandering to the message board crowd doesn't pay off as well as an adversarial "Did you hear what that jerk Stauffer said about us??" relationship?
Just saying, there might be a deliberate reason for pushing this board's buttons.