This Corey Perry-to-Vancouver rumor is setting the Internet on fire

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Vancouver Canucks beat writer Jason Botchford has weighed in on the hot rumor du jour — Corey Perry going to Vancouver in exchange for Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond and Keith Ballard.

Let’s look at how this went from internet fodder to The Province newspaper’s hockey microsite, shall we?

TVA Sports, a Canadian French-language channel, has a program called “Le Match.”

Le Match is a hockey/sports talk show featuring a bunch of ex-NHLers, including Georges Laraque, Patrice Brisebois, Enrico Ciccone and Dave Morrissette.

— According to a Hockey’s Future message board post, a recent episode of Le Match saw Brisebois and Ciccone claim a trade was in the works, sending Perry to Vancouver for Schneider, Raymond and Ballard.

— According to the same Hockey’s Future post, Brisebois said Perry recently told some Canucks players he would be “joining them soon.”

— Le Match host Dave Morissette tweeted the Perry-to-Vancouver rumor (twice: here and here), saying his source was Brisebois.

— Botchford posted a very skeptical review of the rumor on the White Towel blog.

And here are a couple of more notes to stoke the fire:

1) Brisebois is a former client of power agent Don Meehan — the same Don Meehan that currently represents Corey Perry.

Another Meehan client? Brendan Mikkelson, WHO WAS RECENTLY TRADED. This is definitely not a coincidence.

2) Ciccone’s familiar with Ducks GM Bob Murray, who once traded for Ciccione while serving as assistant GM in Chicago. And guess who Ciccone’s assistant coaches were in Chicago?

That’s right — current Vancouver assistant Newell Brown and director of player personnel Lorne Henning! At the risk of recklessly speculating, Henning is totally the mole.

In closing, I’d like to say that while this deal feels totally lopsided and nearly impossible to comprehend, trade deadline hysteria is still awesome.