Insider Only NHL: Hossa eyes Beantown in 09?

Detroit Red Wings forward Marian Hossa has arrived in Detroit and hinted to the Detroit media yesterday that he knows it is likely a one- and-done situation. Hossa was the most sought out free agent this past summer and Pittsburgh put all their efforts into re-signing the star forward. Hossa turned down a 9yr – $81 million offer from the Edmonton Oilers and a 7yr – $52 million offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hossa eventually signed with the Detroit Red Wings, the team he was waiting on all summer to see what kind of offer they could make. Inside Pittsburgh Sports gives you some insight on which team is already being regarded among inner circles as the favorite to sign Marian Hossa next summer

When Marian Hossa turned down the Penguins offer in mid-June a source indicated to TIOPS that Hossa decided to test free agency because he wanted to see what kind of offer the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins were going to make. The Red Wings and Bruins were Hossa’s top two choices. Hossa had lengthy discussions with Bruins GM Petr Chiarelli but the numbers couldn’t work. With Hossa likely one-and-done in Detroit, it is being widely speculated from NHL insiders that Boston will be the favorite to sign Hossa in 09. The Bruins will clear at least $6 million in salary with forward P.J. Axelsson and goaltender Manny Fernandez coming off the books. We are a long ways away from next summers NHL free agency but don’t be surprised to see Hossa land in Boston

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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