Less than a month after being bouned from the Stanley Cup Final, Marian Hossa has decided to join the Detroit Red Wings.The term on this contract is incredibly interesting given some of the long, long-term options that were out there, but the Red Wings have to get Henrik Zetterberg and others' names on contracts after this season and weren't in a position to offer a behemoth deal.
Sources tell TSN that free agent Hossa has signed a one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Red Wings.
So much for Hossa following the money, however, as he's chasing a Cup with this contract. There's something to be said for going to a perennial contender, and Detroit's certainly that.
Tyler Dellow and I were discussing the Hossa rumours last night, and he seemed to think the Oilers were the favourites. I'm sure they were in the running with the cash they were offering, especially given how few teams could afford a $7.5-million to $9-million contract at this point.
I said that Detroit had cash and was in the mix, and that they'd be a pretty appealing option if he wanted to win. Edmonton, perhaps not.
It's worth noting that this contract would have been perfect for the Penguins.
As someone has already pointed out in the comments, the one-year deal means Hossa will again be a UFA next summer, and after a strong year in Detroit, he could command a huge payday.
It's the circle of life.