No one, far as I can tell, is suggesting that one can't/shouldn't post rumors from Eklund.
But can we please cease and desist with the "too cute" line? You know: "We all know its from Eklund (wink, wink) and it will nevvvver happen...but...".
Spare us the hypocrisy. Either you consider it worthy of your and our reading time...or you don't. To label something as crap, and then STILL post it is to insult fellow posters' intelligence.
All rumors are not the same. Either a rumor has some validity or not. Why bother us with one you yourself deem as having no merit?
Just my opinion.
I disagree. I'm a lot more forgiving of this stuff during the offseason because, well, it's the offseason.
It may seem silly and unoriginal to say "I know it's from Eklund, but..." before posting the rumor. However, it's akin to saying, "I know this trade will never happen, but what do you think of the value?"
It's a topic for discussion. It's a chance for people to look at the vase in the living room from perhaps a slightly different angle at a different time of day. It's the same vase, but maybe there's something you hadn't seen before that's worth discussing.
And for the record, I dislike Eklund, so this isn't an Eklund apologist talking. It's just the possibility for an interesting discussion, and at this point, people have to add the Eklund disclaimer you dislike, because they don't want to be mistaken as someone who blindly follows the crap he spews.