Re: Hossa signs with Red Wings
DETROIT – The Red Wings’ inability to get secondary scoring last season was constantly scrutinized in the media.
That issue was put to rest Wednesday – the second day of free agency – when the Red Wings made a big splash by landing one of the biggest names left in the free agency pool -- superstar right wing Marian Hossa to a one-year contract.
Hossa, 29, helped the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the 2008 Stanley Cup finals, where they eventually lost to the Red Wings in six games. He had three goals and four assists in the finals.
Often during the regular-season, the Wings were criticized for getting far too much scoring from their top line of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.
Landing Hossa, who has scored 299 goals and 349 assists with a plus-85 rating in 701 career games, should address secondary scoring.
It’s believed that the Edmonton Oilers were also suitors in the Hossa sweepstakes, with a reported offer of as much as $9 million for the Czechoslovakian star. Vancouver, Montreal, Boston and Pittsburgh were also reported to be among the teams in the Hossa sweepstakes.
The Penguins acquired Hossa and Pascal Dupuis at the February trade deadline from Atlanta for three young stars -- Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen and Angelo Esposito, and a 2008 first-round pick (Daultan Leveille, 29th overall).
Dupuis signed a three-year contract worth more than $4 million to stay in Pittsburgh.
In the Pens’ march to the Cup finals, Hossa put to rest the notion that he’s a better regular-season performer, whose productivity falls off once the playoffs roll around. He led the Pens in scoring with 12 goals, and was second to Sidney Crosby in assists with 14.
In Atlanta’s 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Jan. 15, Hossa wrecked havoc, recording his seventh career hat trick before the game was half old.
A first-round draft pick by the Ottawa Senators in 1997, Hossa has been named to five NHL all-star teams. He was traded to Atlanta as part of the Dany Heatley trade in 2005.
Hossa’s deal with the Red Wings continues a free agency exodus from the Penguins, who also lost forwards Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone, Adam Hall, and back-up goalie Ty Conklin, who on Tuesday also signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings.