Marian Hossa to Detroit might have been set in stone during the Stanley Cup Finals. TIOPS reported in June Hossa denied the Penguins offer prior to free agency because he wanted to see what Detroit and Boston were going to offer. Those two cities were Hossa‚Äôs top choices. The Edmonton Journal reports During the Penguins and Wings handshake after the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Detroit coach Mike Babcock told Pittsburgh winger Marian Hossa “See you soon,”
Ritch Winter the agent for Marian Hossa had a few interesting quotes in the Edmonton Journal. ‚Äú”I remember Chris Chelios phoning Marian and saying, ‘If you’re just coming here to win a Stanley Cup, don’t do it,’ ” Winter told the Journal. “He told Marian, ‘We’re good, but even if we’re good we don’t win every year.’ He told Marian the benefit of coming to Detroit would be to learn from Nick Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman, about the sacrifices you have to make. He can take that to other teams if he doesn’t stay in Detroit.”