EN Says: Huh? How exactly did the Penguins not land him then? They were offering a five-year deal for roughly $7 million according to some rumors. On the surface, this is a bit of a black mark on Ray Shero's track record. Obviously there's a lot more to negotiations than what we see on the surface, but how did this happen?
A short-term deal like this would've been ideal for the Penguins in regards to their salary cap issues down the road when the big money kicks in for Evgen Malkin and Jordan Staal.
But why would Hossa take a one-year deal? Why risk an injury without a long-term deal? Especially considering the length of some deals lesser players like Brian Campbell or Ryan Malone got. Lots of questions about this deal.
Guess Hossa was serious about that playing for a winner thing. That's certainly a team out of left field. There were rumors of the Rangers, Oilers, Bruins, Blackhawks, but the Red Wings? Wow.
Perhaps Hossa and Ty Conklin were really into car-pooling together or something.
This surely puts the Jaromir Jagr or even Markus Naslund to Pittsburgh talk into overdrive now.
Lord knows why we chose this photo.
(Photo: Atlanta Hawks)