>>>Has anyone heard anything credible about this speculation????
Yeah...I heard it for the first time from YOU! I went into an Office Max store in MA on 12/23 to check it out... THE PLACE WAS EMPTY! My God... It was so sad I almost wanted to buy something out of sympathy. They had crap on their shelves. No wonder they're going out of business! I don't think Staples would even be REMOTELY interested in buying out that junk store called "Office Max."