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Hockey trades are motivated almost as much by contract status and salary as play on the ice. That means certain players — Selanne and other unrestricted free agents, for example — become automatic fodder for trade talk.

And all that talk is magnified by the Internet.

“It’s gotten to this point because of the Internet,” Sharks General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “If one newspaper has it, everybody has it. That’s different than five years ago when you might see it in one paper, but it wouldn’t have a life of its own.”

Many major hockey sites have a link to trade rumors. Some, like www.hockeytrade, are even more direct.

All of which poses a problem for general managers: how to respond to the player — and to the public.

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