Hossa is only signed for 1 year.
I wonder who the Red Wings are about to let get away ?
The have a good mix of young and established players.
Looks like the Wings could have offered Hossa a long term contract, but have several players they need to sign next summer, including Zetterberg and Franzen, So Hossa agreed to a 1 year contract with the probablility of signing for a longer term after next summer.
Looks like he will be in Detroit for quite awhile once some other signings get done.
Actually, the Wings had MORE than thier share of injuries THIS past year and won it all.
They struggled thru Feb. with like a 5 - 20 record (just a guess) until they got some regulars back.
That said, most of the guys they called up played very well and some of them were big contributors in the playoffs.
My only problem with signing Hossa is that the length of the contract is a wee bit short. The Wings may be a little gun shy with high-priced free agents though, given recent history.
You may remember these names:
Uwe Krupp (D)- 4 yrs. $16.4M played in all of 30 games.
Curtis Joseph (G) - 3 yrs. $24M 50-42 in the regular season.
Derian Hatcher (D) - 5 yrs. $30M played in 15 games.
It's obvious that Hossa thinks the Red Wings are the better team, and they are right now, but the Pens offered him 5 years at 7 million a year, it's his right not to take it.
But I hope, well maybe not, gets what he wants(a ring), because if he gets seriously hurt, or doesn't perform well, he wont make the 9 million a year that Edmonton offered him.
The Pens will be fine without him, they have Crosby for five more years, Malkin for six, Staal will be signed, Fleury will be signed, Orpik just signed to make the defense strong, pieces will fall into place.
The only thing I worry about is if they sign Jagr, he's a hell of a player, but his attitude could ruin the chemistry that is already in place.
I'm borderline on his HOF worthiness.
You may have dropped the puck on that one SatinKzo. I agree with SabresRule on this one. I'm really surprised he went to Russia.
Jagr's stats are great don't get me wrong, but for me HOF is more than stats and watching Jagr over the years, he's never been much of a leader and he always seemed questionable on his desire to win over desire to pad stats. He was more of a stats guy the whole time and only went to teams where he could be opportunistic and benefit from others, not be a leader.
That to me is why he is not HOF material.