Hossa signs with Wings
Posted July 02, 2008 - 11:41 AM
Damn you Red Wings Wasnt bad enough you beat my team now you have to steal Hossa away to!!!!!!
Posted July 02, 2008 - 12:05 PM
I go out to lunch and insanity happens.
This was the move I least expected. Ken Holland kicks all kinds of ass.
Im beginning to think Ken Holland might just be the smoothest talker on the planet. How else could he get a guy to turn down 40-60 Million from a number of teams to take his one year offer?
I hate the leafs but if I was MLSE I would pay whatever it cost to get this guy as my GM. Holland comes out of no where to snag Hossa and Toronto starts its new and improved management system by overpaying for Hagman and Fingers. If Holland get Sundin to take a 1 year 1 million dollar deal now Im going to freak out. Theres no one out there for the Pens to replace Hossa with, I hope we can keep Orpik.
Posted July 02, 2008 - 01:01 PM
We have no need for picking up Sundin now. If we do, though, we're just not going to lose. This is a bloody dream team right now.
Posted July 02, 2008 - 01:08 PM
The Penguins are losing their team! Next we'll see Crosby asking to sign with us!
Posted July 02, 2008 - 04:29 PM
Posted July 02, 2008 - 04:38 PM
And I'm sure I read somewhere yesterday that Holland wasn't going to go for any of the big players....
Posted July 02, 2008 - 07:14 PM
Posted July 02, 2008 - 08:50 PM
I have no illusions about being able to re-sign Hossa next summer and if I'm Edmonton or Pittsburgh I throw a big offer sheet at Filppula just to f*ck with the Wings but for one year this could be very, very nice.
And of course, as soon as I hear what number he'll wear I'll post it. He asked Adam Hall to switch in Pittsburgh but I don't think he'll do that to Kirk Maltby here.
Posted July 02, 2008 - 09:54 PM
Posted July 03, 2008 - 12:17 AM
If Drake is done then I think we need to keep mccarty that is if he doesn't retire or something. McCarty will be in better shape this time around but I have a feeling he won't be a wing next season. Although Anything can happen as he proved this year.
As for Conklin, I think he will be the best backup in the league behind ozzie. The problem I see happening with these acquisitions is the loss of unity that these champs gained knowing there are more players to take up their jobs. I believe holland did say that the backup job is up for grabs at training camp though (although I can't see conklin being sent to grand rapids).
Who are free agents for the wings? I hope we don't lose Filpulla, he fits the team, 2 way player.
Posted July 03, 2008 - 10:47 AM
Of course Hossa is easily exchangeable within the top 2 lines, and the 2nd line usually changes frequently anyways, but if I were to guess a lineup that is what it would be.
Posted July 03, 2008 - 12:41 PM
Which can't be counted on, since the Wings are kind of stuck right now and there are some p*ssed off teams out there.
Filppula is a restricted free agent, and as long as nobody pulls a Kevin Lowe he isn't going anywhere.
I'd go with Filppula-Franzen-Hossa for that second line, Cleary with Draper and Samuelsson on the third line.
I think the top two lines should be as followed:
The Wings are already taking about splitting up the Flying Circus, though, so in that case I might do Datsyuk between Holmstrom and Hossa with Zetterberg centering Filppula and Franzen.
Posted July 04, 2008 - 11:41 AM
Posted July 04, 2008 - 10:35 PM
IIRC, Holmstrom has played LW. Not certain about that.
The only problem is that both Hossa and Holmstrom are Right Wings. Do you think there will be a problem with one of them having to line up on the left of center?
Posted July 11, 2008 - 03:02 PM
No word on whether Ty Conklin will take #35 from Jimmy Howard or go with the available #29 he wore for awhile in Edmonton.
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