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Well Hoss…Catch You On The Flip Side?

As I predicted early and often, it looks as though Marian Hossa isn’t going to sign with the Wings. 

I mean, he turned down a decade from Tick Tock, so obviously a deal’s not in the cards, right?

Not so fast says Craig Custance.

...the possibility of a deal still exists.

An NHL source told SportingNews.com late Tuesday night that discussions between the two sides will continue.

It’s not an issue of either side wanting to get a deal completed, it’s a matter of finding common ground. The Red Wings would like to keep Hossa at a annual salary cap number in the $4 million range, which would be considerably less than he’d earn on the open market.

Personally? I think the chances are very, very slim.  Khan(!) used the term “non-negotiable” in the story linked above.  As in 4/year…take it or leave it. 

So, despite my consistent guarantees that Hossa would stay a Wing through 2020 or so, I’m betting he’s gone.  Too much money to be had. 

If indeed Hossa goes for the cash, heads to LA, Edmonton, Montreal…any number of teams who have lots of money but little hope of short-term success?  Well, then good luck.  We respect the fact that he left millions on the table last year to play for a Cup with the best team in hockey.  He rolled the dice, lost and is now going to apparently move on.  He gave us a great year, 40 goals, all his effort and that’s the most we can ask of him or any player.

If Hoss leaves, takes the money and scampers?  Now you have a choice.  All 19 of us do.  You can either throw empties at him as he leaves and bitch like a Pens fan about being “betrayed”, or we can thank the guy for taking a chance and playing hard.  I choose the latter.

Pittsburgh fans whined for twelve months about Hossa leaving.  In a lot of ways, the way they cried after he left defined them and the bitterness never went away.  Still today, after winning a Cup, they can’t let it go.  Hossa’s a good guy.  He just didn’t want to play in Pittsburgh.  What a crime. 

Now it appears that he would rather leave the best organ-I-zation in all of sports for a lot more money.  Same situation?  Similar.  He left for hockey reasons last year.  He’s leaving, if he goes, now because he can’t turn down the money Ritch (that’s how he spells his name is) Winter has convinced him will be out there.  And it’s hard to quibble about that, about not wanting to walk away from as much as 3 million more per year.

If this is it, Marian?  Thanks for the good year.  You’re welcome back in Detroit any time.  When you do come back into town take note of how you’re greeted and how that differs from the way you were treated when you returned to Pittsburgh.  Take note of how the fans welcome you back and of what the Wing players say about you when you’re gone.  At that point you’ll see how one franchise is classy and the other? Not so much

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com