Originally posted by JustinShapiroApparently Holland didn't even do anything. Hossa called HIM and was like, "I love it, I love the whole thing. Let me go there."
Is there a precedent for this in any sport? Marquee free agent loses to a team in the finals and then signs with the champions?
Holland did come and make the initial offer to Hossa, but all the news around Hossa was with the bigger/longer offers made by other teams, including apparently an Edmonton offer that would have paid around 90 million (presumably over 10 years). Hossa wanted to win, though, so the next day after digesting all the offers, he went calling Detroit. Holland had no idea that he'd be interested given the disparity between the offers.
It's a risky move for Hossa. If he suffers some kind of serious injury this year that hampers his career, he's just kissed $80 million plus goodbye. But it shows you what his priority is. He wants to win a Stanley Cup, and that's more important to him than the sizable money he could've had elsewhere. Just a little bit insulting to the Penguins fans who could also provide a shot at the Cup..
This makes my stomach hurt. Yeah, he wants to win a cup. He could win one in Pittsburgh. Last time I checked, Penguins won a couple of games in the finals and if they did not get blasted in the first two, might have been a game 7 on the line. I wish he would have stayed. :(
Being an extremely casual hockey fan (although I was geeked for USA/Canada in Salt Lake City back in '02...damn Gretzky rigged the ice!), there's only one name I recognize right away off of Team USA. And that's the Edmonton Oilers' Ty Conklin (NHL.com)...