Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/11/05 at 09:33 AM ET
If the Senators want to keep Marian Hossa, they're going to have to open the vault. And if they don't want to open the vault, they may have to trade him. Hossa filed for arbitration before yesterday's 5 p.m. deadline, turning down a three-year, $11.9 -million (all figures US) deal. He would like a contract close to the three-year, $21-million deal that Jarome Iginla got from the Calgary Flames. Sources say the club offered him $3.6 million in each of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons and a raise to $4.7 million in 2007-08. "What the Senators have to decide is whether they think Marian Hossa is a franchise player," Hossa's agent, Jiri Crha, told the Sun yesterday. "Everybody knows that he's going to be (an unrestricted free agent), along with (Wade) Redden and (Zdeno) Chara.
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