Tomas Kaberle's father figures he'll be traded this year, sparks Internet firestorm over plagiarism

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for tomaskaberle1.jpgIf you haven’t had enough of Tomas Kaberle this summer, buckle up because the Kaberle soap opera has found a new way to get interesting. Czech website hokej.cz scored an interview with Tomas Kaberle’s father Frantisek to find out his thoughts about how things have been handled with his son in Toronto. To say the least he isn’t too pleased with the Leafs and thinks that Tomas will be traded this year. We were able to find this information out because the guys at Pension Plan Puppets were able to get someone to translate the story from Czech to English for them.

The possibility of moving Tomas Kaberle from Toronto has already been discussed for many years now and it was generally expected to happen just after the end of last year. “I have to admit that I expected it a bit too. I really don’t understand Tomas staying on in Toronto,” said Frantisek Kaberle senior, shaking his head. The native of Rakovnik, the Czech Republic, last year racked up a total of forty-nine points, and was one of the most valued defenders on the team.

Yet, Frantisek Kaberle senior does not fully embrace his son remaining on the Canadian team. “I can’t imagine how it will be to get along with Ron Wilson, who relies primarily on aggression and stress. And that’s not Tomas, he is a technical type of defender,” he said. Despite the fact of earning an excellent reputation over the course of eleven seasons in the NHL, he can get less ice-time in the following year.

It’s fascinating stuff to get this information, especially from sources we really don’t get too exposed to here in North America because, well, most of us can’t speak or read Czech (or other languages for that matter). What’s turned this story on its ear today, however, is that Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun has a story today on their site discussing this same issue from Frantisek Kaberle.

There’s one problem between what Pension Plan Puppets have in their straight translation of the story and what Fuller’s piece in the Toronto Sun has. They each have the same, exact translation of Kaberle’s words. We’ve got ourselves some controversy. Even crazier still, Pension Plan Puppets had this covered two days ago. Meanwhile the Sun is running with it today. Making matters more difficult here is that now larger websites and hockey resources are using the Toronto Sun and their apparently plagiarized from Pension Plan Puppets quotes to go forth and run with the story. Such is the case with The Hockey News and Canada’s Sportsnet.

What’s at stake here is accountability and sourcing. Pension Plan Puppets sourced where they got the story from and found someone of their own to translate it for them. Meanwhile, Dave Fuller and The Toronto Sun lifted the translate quotes from their site and offered no citation for it. While the Sun’s editors have tried to explain it away saying the used Google translation to get the quotes, some have gone so far as to compare all three sets of quotes. Game, set, and match.

As the war between mainstream and traditional journalists with their blogging counterparts rages on, mainstream media’s move to the Internet to keep up with the times is finding out that life is a lot tougher when there are people that spend more time focusing on one section of sports.

While many journalists are reticent to let bloggers into their “professional” club, turning into the sort of worker that they’ve always claimed Internet denizens to be like is an ironic twist of fate they should do their best to avoid if they want to remain relevant. Just like in college when I had to write a research paper, citing your sources keeps you out of trouble. I never thought anything I learned in freshman year composition class would ever be so useful in the real world. Perhaps Dave Fuller and the staff at the Toronto Sun skipped out on those classes.

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    NHLPA hire Bruce Meyer brings a ‘wealth of knowledge,’ says Fehr

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    Bruce Meyer’s résumé of victories as a lawyer is a long and impressive one, and he has now joined the NHL Players’ Association as a senior director of collective bargaining, policy and legal, the union announced Thursday.

    During his tenure of more than 25 years at the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, Meyer represented the NHLPA, NFLPA and NBPA.

    The NHLPA said in a statement that in his new position, Meyer “will focus on a wide array of policy and legal issues.”

    In working for those unions, he was involved in matters such as collective bargaining and arbitration, as per his online profile.

    “Bruce will be a great addition to the NHLPA’s staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge to this new role coming from his law firm where he gained three decades’ worth of valuable experience, including effectively representing the NHLPA and other Players’ Associations as outside counsel,” said NHLPA executive director Don Fehr in a statement.

    The NHLPA said Meyer will begin at his new position in mid-August.

    The news of this hire comes more than a month after the league sued the NHLPA after Dennis Wideman‘s 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson was reduced to 10 games by a neutral arbitrator.

    Related: Report: NHL dismisses neutral arbitrator who reduced Wideman’s suspension

    Sweet ride: Blackhawks sponsor CJ Wilson Racing’s Porsche Cayman at Road America

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    Chicago Blackhawks fans, start your engines!

    Yes, according to MotorSportsTalk, the Blackhawks have become the main sponsor of CJ Wilson Racing’s No. 35 car, a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, for the upcoming IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Road America next month.

    That’s a sweet ride.

    From MotorSportsTalk:

    The partnership will officially launch at the United Center on Wednesday, August 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m in advance of Saturday’s race. Fans will have the opportunity to get up close to the car, meet the drivers and Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard, and have their picture taken.

    The race takes place Aug. 6 at Road America in Wisconsin.

    Third team’s the charm? Devils ink Gormley to one-year, two-way deal

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    Since being selected by the Coyotes at 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Brandon Gormley has had a difficult time breaking into the league on a full-time basis.

    On Thursday, the 24-year-old Gormley joined his third NHL team, signing with the New Jersey Devils on a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level, the club announced.

    Despite his draft status, Gormley has yet to play a full season in the big league, although this deal could give him an opportunity to end that. For the Devils, the deal adds more depth to the blue line in the organization and for a friendly price.

    Last season, Gormley split time between the Colorado Avalanche and its farm team, the San Antonio Rampage. Despite some high expectations about where he could fit on the Avs’ blue line, he was eventually put on waivers in January.

    He ended the season with one assist in 26 games with the Avalanche, and hit the open market after Colorado didn’t give him a qualifying offer.

    Wild sign Dumba to two-year, $5.1M deal

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    After ongoing contract talks between the Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba, the two sides have come to a deal.

    The Wild announced Thursday that they had signed Dumba to a two-year deal, worth a total value of $5.1 million.

    A breakdown of the new deal:

    — In 2016-17: $2.35 million.

    — In 2017-18: $2.75 million.

    Selected seventh overall by the Wild in 2012, Dumba had his most productive campaign this past season, with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games.

    Known for his offensive skills — he had 20 goals and 57 points with Red Deer in the WHL in his draft year — Dumba also brings a coveted right-shot to the Wild blue line, which features four players with contracts of four or more years of term remaining.

    As per General Fanager, the Wild still have $2.168 million in projected cap space, but they have secured all their remaining restricted free agents.