There's been a real furor over Eklund lately.
Eklund is arguably the most famous (infamous?) hockey blogger around. He has a tremendous following, has all other hockey bloggers pre-occupied with him, and, like it or not, is legendary in the online hockey news industry.
Unlike the Paul Kukla's, James Mirtle's, Lyle Richardson's and Eric McErlain's of the online hockey world, Eklund lacks credibility, accountability and professionalism. Though he may be hockey's most successful blogger, in many ways he gives the industry a real bad name.
I have never said anything about Eklund before. He and I have never crossed paths. I doubt he even knows of this website. I deal with the past, he deals with the present and future, or at least his own vision of it. I'm not a fan of his, but I admire his success and, sadly, am impressed with the way he has everyone so pre-occupied with him.
Greg Wyshnyski of NHL Fanhouse wrote a brilliant article about Eklund. Lyle Richardson chipped in with his own two cents. Paul Kukla has led the charge against Eklund for a while. All are, as am I, gravely concerned about his anonymity, his laughable track record, his accountability and especially his impact on the rest of hockey bloggers.
So while the push to identify Eklund and his background his reaching a feverish pitch, I think it is time I introduce you all to the real Eklund, and restore his name as a Swedish legend and Philadelphia fan favorite.