For what it's worth, you can't call
As it turns out, Hossa believes the team that has the best chance to win next June is the one that took his last chance away. And so the forward, who joined the Penguins at the trade deadline in February, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings for $7.4 million.
"The thing I was looking for was the best chance to win the Stanley Cup," Hossa said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon. "And I thought I would have a little better chance to win the Cup with Detroit."
In taking the one-year deal, Hossa spurned several other more lucrative offers, including long-term deals from Edmonton (reportedly worth $9 million a season for nine years) and Pittsburgh. But his desire to win trumped money, surely a noble sentiment somewhat lacking these days (see Chicago Blackhawk
Detroit couldn't offer a high-priced long-term deal since
Although Hossa had nothing negative to say about the Penguins, he also didn't pursue them for a one-year deal similar to the one he and his agent concocted for the Red Wings. He didn't give much in the way of an explanation regarding why he thought Detroit had a better chance to win than the Penguins, who cruised through the playoffs before falling in the Stanley Cup Final in six games (four of which were one-goal games). But clearly, he had his reasons.
Pittsburgh, which had offered comparable money to Hossa for a longer term, would probably like to hear his explanation as well. The team had been hot after Hossa since the season ended, hoping to sign the winger who turned out to be a very nice complement to center
The Penguins were so intent on landing Hossa, though, that they temporarily delayed negotiations with restricted free agent goalie
Now without Hossa, without a solid finisher for Crosby, Pittsburgh is back where it was last February. Not a terrible position, but certainly it could be better. There is a certain irony about Hossa's move; that is, if he had stayed in Pittsburgh, he very well could have become the scale-tipper for the Penguins and the Stanley Cup.