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July 23, 2014
Public Enemy No. 1
by Michael Menser Dell, Editor-in-Chief
Marian Hossa signed a one-year deal with those filthy Red Wings for $7.4 million.
What a (sunshine).
Hossa reportedly turned down long-term deals between $8 and $10 million per season from teams like the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Montreal Canadiens because he wanted to join a winner. Hey, douchebag, the Wings wouldn't have been winners had you scored more in the Finals!
I find this whole thing repugnant. According to reports, the Penguins had offered Hossa a seven-year deal worth around $49 million to stay in the Steel City. Yet he turned his back on the Birds, jumping to the very team that beat them for the Stanley Cup.
One of the lasting images from the Finals was a despondent Hossa sitting against the boards, physically exhausted and emotionally spent after nearly tying the game in the final seconds of Game Six. Lies. All lies. He's a back-biting weasel. And not a very smart one at that.
Yeah, it may seem like the Wings are locks to repeat as champs now that they've got Hossa alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but not so fast, my friend. Karma ain't no joke. Hossa is one knee injury away from pissing away $50 million. And it couldn't happen to a better guy.
Hossa is the new Curtis Joseph. After the Wings won the Cup in 2002, CuJo bolted from the Maple Leafs to sign with the Wings, saying how great it was to join a winner. This after the great Arturs Irbe thoroughly outplayed Joesph in the Eastern Conference Finals, carrying the Carolina Hurricanes to a shocking upset of the favored Maple Leafs. Instead of rallying the troops for another run, Joseph stabbed the Leafs in the back, basically branding his teammates, the same teammates who sweat and bled for him during the postseason, as losers. CuJo went to Motown and sucked hard. I can only hope Hossa suffers a similar fate.
It's one thing if Hossa bolts for the bread, taking $10 million to play in Edmonton. At least then it's nothing personal; it's just a business decision. But going to Detroit is a kick in the Charlie Browns.
Screw Hossa in the ear. LCS has a new whipping boy. Good luck with that, Maid Marian.
We'll break down all the free agent shenanigans on the LCS Hockey Radio Show tonight. I wonder what The Ed has to say about all this.