Penguins bet big on Hossa

Pittsburgh has just moved Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong and a first-round pick to Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.

That is a ton to bet on a rental player, albeit a great one. Montreal and Ottawa were rumoured to be the Hossa front-runners all week, and I imagine all three teams offered up considerable value.

You can see why Pittsburgh won these sweepstakes, however.

Atlanta gets
Armstrong: nine goals and 24 points in 54 games
Christensen: nine goals and 20 points in 49 games
Esposito: 26 goals and 55 points in 48 games (in QMJHL)
A first-round pick, likely 21st or higher

Pittsburgh gets
Hossa: 26 goals and 56 points in 60 games

Hossa, 29, is one of the premier snipers in the NHL but has never had much of a playoff pedigree, scoring 13 goals and 35 points in 55 career postseason games.

Really, there are two things that will affect whether this deal is a winner or a loser for Pittsburgh: (a) how they do in the playoffs this year, and (b) how those youngsters turn out.

I actually think with Armstrong and Christensen, we've seen a lot of what they're going to ultimately give, and Esposito and a late first rounder are anything but sure things.

Still, it comes down to where you think Pittsburgh's at as a team, and if Hossa puts them over the top when it comes to contending for the Stanley Cup. Is the Penguins' time now?


Left Wing Center Right Wing
Marian Hossa Sidney Crosby Tyler Kennedy
Ryan Malone Evgeni Malkin Petr Sykora
Jarkko Ruutu Jordan Staal Georges Laraque
Pascal Dupuis Maxime Talbot Adam Hall



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