Farewell to Hossa?

The Blackhawks will surely enjoy a summer full of celebration, but there are also some well-known financial pressure points. The team has a multitude of stars, several of them coming off entry-level contracts, and is reported to have some $57 million committed to just 14 players for next season. There are contracts the team likely would love to unload — Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet come immediately to mind — but it will be difficult.

One of the more burdensome is the 12-year, $62.8 million deal ($5.2333 per) that belongs to Marian Hossa , a quality player who has been living off a succession of one-year deals in an attempt to find a spot on a Cup-champion (mission accomplished). Look for the Hawks to shop his rights as soon as the parade is complete.

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16 Responses to Farewell to Hossa?

  1. mon167 says:

    you can't trade away a player who has 11 years left on his contract! lol no one is going to take that.

  2. mojo19 says:

    That's pretty interesting. I think because of his 11 years remaining, no one has ever even considered or brought up him being traded. Its really unlikely but still I wonder if Chicago would try to move him?

    I'd like to see the Atlanta Thrashers make a serious pitch for Hossa and Lecavalier.

  3. Mapleleaves says:

    I wouldnt understand why Hossa would decide not to put a NTC on his contract. Otherwise what was the point, he wanted to be on the Blackhawks because he felt that they were going to be dominant for a long time. Why give them the chance to send you anywhere they want?

    If he doesnt have a NTC then he's an idiot and should be traded to wherever he hates the most.

  4. mojo19 says:

    When a team is willing to commit way more money and years to your contract than anyone else, and they're a young up and coming team, you just sign there. Getting a no trade would have been greedy and he wouldn't have got it. You don't risk losing an offer like that by getting greedy.

    I can't say for sure because I don't know what other offers were out there, but I would assume this was the case. And besides you don't expect to sign a 12 year deal and then be traded a year later, the immediate success was maybe not completely expected.

    And also, I don't think Hossa would care, he's got his cup.


    If he was indeed on the block, I wonder if Ottawa would make a pitch to get him back, I think he looked good there…he would be a good future captain when Alfreddson hangs up the skates.

  6. Mapleleaves says:

    I guess that makes sense, i guess since any decent players on toronto seemed to have NTCs i thought they were more common then they are.

  7. mojo19 says:

    JFJ negotiations went like this:

    JFJ: i'm gonna play hard ball with you.

    Agent: my client wants 4 years

    JFJ: Lets make it 5, and how does a NTC sound?

    Agent: done.

    JFJ: JFJ you sly dog.

  8. toronto-cruz says:

    could you imagine? He just has to go to a cup favourite, go 4 for 4 with 4 different teams. 
    For what he brings to a team, wouldnt necessarily be a bad contract to take on (2 way player, can score, strong, willing to 'follow', doesn't need to be in the spotlight).  he's actually more suited to being a support player.
    He also isnt injury prone (aka DiPietro).  Only problem is, end of his contract will suck for whatever team takes him on.

    That being said, I cant see them moving him and i think a lot of teams will be scared of the term/risk associated with it.

  9. cam7777 says:

    that's gold.  i love when this site makes me legitimately lol.

    sadly, it's funny because it's true though, and we're still feelin the ill-effects.  imagine the team we'd have now if jfj hadn't had all those terrible ntc's.

    sundin for kesler and a 1st (hodgson)
    kaberle for carter and a 1st (carlson)
    kubina for clowe
    mccabe for vanryn
    tucker for a 2nd round pick

    sometimes i wish we could just go back and do 2008 all over again, because it really was the best oppurtunity for a complete franchise turn around.  and we completely blew it.  had we traded all those guys away, we would have fallen to stamkos or doughty in the draft for sure.  imagine drafting doughty, myers and carlson in the 2008 draft, but still having carter, kesler and antropov down the middle.  good god.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Ya that would be crazy. I think somone should deal for him, you're automatically in the cup final if you do. Its a proven formula.

  11. zackman13 says:

    well the sharks are definately intersted

  12. intelligentscorpio says:

    Hossa is an intriguing player to say the least. Even at 5.25 per for 11 years, I think that he is a good buy.

    He gives you 80+ points per year.
    He is very strong on the puck.
    Plays a non-selfish game.
    Gives you a 100% effort every game. 
    Defensively responsible, kills penalties, plays on the pp and good even strength.

    Where can you find someone with all those attributes for just over 5mil?

    I would strongly recommend to Ray Shero that he deal for Hossa. It resolves the issue of penalty killing by the Staal unit. Resolves the winger issue for Crosby. Then, if Pittsburgh wants, they can trade Staal to get much needed defensive help. Hossa is just a 1.25 over Staal and signed long term like much of the Pens elite roster.

    What do you have to give up? Nothing. Chicago just wants to dump salaries to get within the salary cap.

  13. mojo19 says:

    Cam if you keep thinking of what could have been you'll go crazy.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Pittsburgh is a perfect fit for Hossa. I have to agree.

  15. FlamingHomer says:

    In all fairness, every team can produce the same type of GM frustrations as the above examples.

  16. intelligentscorpio says:

    Penguins fans, what is your reaction to this comment?

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