Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hull Labels Trade Report "A Total Lie"

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hull Labels Trade Report "A Total Lie"

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Blues captain Brett Hull disputed a local broadcast report Friday that he had submitted a list of two teams to the Blues as potential trade destinations.

He called the report on KMOX radio "a total lie."

The teams were said to be the Los Angeles Kings, where Wayne Gretzky reigns supreme, and the Boston Bruins, where former coach Brian Sutter and former linemate Adam Oates reside.

"I don't know where it started, or who started it, but it's a total lie," said Hull, who called the radio station Friday morning to deny the report. "I phoned to say I have never asked for a trade. I haven't, and I won't. Everyone knows I love it in St. Louis. I can't say it enough."

Hull didn't rule out the possibility that he might be traded, but he repeated that neither he nor agent Mike Barnett would be behind it.

A rumor making the rounds in St. Louis is that Barnett would broker a trade between the Blues and Kings to unite Hull and Gretzky, his high-profile clients. New Kings general manager Sam McMaster also is said to have ties to Barnett.

Hull also disputed those rumors, saying they're not "coming from Mike."

"If Mike were trying to do a deal, I'd know about it," he added. "And even if he was, I'm sure he wouldn't tell anybody else, because that's the best way to get a deal quashed. It's all bull."

As far as the possibility of being traded, Hull said that if the Blues wanted to trade him, "there's nothing I can do about it."

"Wayne Gretzky and Babe Ruth were traded, and they were the two best players ever in their sport," he said. "I'm not in that class, so I could be traded.

"But I haven't asked for a trade."

Hull suggested that the broadcast report and other rumors were evidence that "someone's out to get me out of St. Louis, but I've never asked for a trade. I'm not going to let them make me look like the bad guy."

When asked who that someone might be, Hull said, "You tell me."

Blues chairman Mike Shanahan said it wasn't him.

When asked about the rumors, Shanahan said: "I haven't heard anything about it. …

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