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.
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
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|