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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bruins will sign Hossa and here is why

Okay folks, Hossa is not going to resign with Pittsburgh according to reports.  No surprise, since Pit has to sign Malkin and co.  Who is going to sign Hossa?

Not Montreal after acquiring Alex Tanguay, they will likely focus on some defensive help.  So, Pittsburgh and Montreal, two of the main competitors for Hossa are out.  

If you are Hossa, who is the most attractive team?  Boston.  You have your former linemate in Marc Savard who gave him career numbers, former leader and friend Zdeno Chara and former assistant GM Peter Chiarelli.  Hossa has said he would like to play with Z again.

Don't give me, "we can't afford him."  We can, with the cap going to 57+ million, esp. if we buyout Muzz.  

Look, a deal of 7 years @ AAV of 7.75 could get it done IMO.

Unless Hossa gets 8+ from a team like Vancouver or the Rags, there is a VERY good chance he lands in  Boston.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Hossa didnt play defense i wouldnt want him here but hes a great two-way player. Bring him on in Chia.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hossa to bruins is a done deal. No Montreal or Pittsburg in the running!!!!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

again no more than 6.5-7 mil for this guy...he has already peaked and is on his way down the hill...any more than that has to be considered a waste of money especially for 7 years...thats just retarded cuz by the end of 4 years hes gonna be like muzz...a sniper that cant do anything thank you

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5year 7.15per you heard it here first

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see him signing a 7 year 8.5 million contract in Vancouver.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

i kinda agree with bergie. i think 4-5 years is plenty and that is still much so let him go to where he wants and if its boston well 5 yrs from now we wont want him here unless he does stun us all n continues to play awesome. Why cant we go after vrbata or ryder or even gaborik for the right price. Hopefully someday down the road kessel will be who we want him to be and well forget about hossa. im not the GM but i hope we think this hossa thing over. Savards only here for 2 more yrs unless hes gets an extension. chara has 3 more yrs i believe so im still on the bubble on what we should do.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the Bruins will send Murray to Providence so that his salary doesn't go against the cap. Same with Fernandez but that is not going to happen with Jacobs as owner. What will happen is that both of their contracts will be bought out. The Bruins could potentially have a lot of buying power come July 1. I think the Bruins should go after several good offensive players instead of one elite player. Another puck moving defenseman wouldn't hurt either.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

yeah gaborik would be nice...but his asking price is going to be too high...if ryder and vrbata are available make a run at one of them rather than wasting 8 mil a year for the next 5 on hossa...if we could get him for 6.5-7 i would say maybe but any more forget it. also a puck moving d man in campbell would be nice but his asking price is going to be far too high for his value july 1st is going to be very interesting

9:54 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

Not sure what to do. I would love to see Hossa here, but if the price is going to hurt the team then I would prefer not. This team could be a lock for the cup with a couple of more pieces.

As a father of 2 hockey playing kids, all of the kids I see playing at different levels and ages, they play for the love of the game. My one son plays not for a team that will offer him the most, but for a team that he enjoys playing with, and with him there he helped win a championship.

If Hossa is sincere about playing with Chara and Savard then it really shouldn't take 8 million a year to bring him here. If he was really sincere he would play for less and help the team bring in other elite players to play on a team they enjoy and try for a cup. Of if the money is really important they would structure the contract to be bonus based so more of the money is not against the cap.

vince m

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bonuses in incentive based deals affect the cap, even if incentives are not met. example: kessels 2.2 million cap hit because of incentives. he only earned 850k base salary. he also did not meet all his incentive so he did not earn 2.2 million last year more like 1.5, but the 2.2 still couldnt against the cap.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didnt mean couldnt i meant counted.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

there has to be some away that both parties can make this work. Either accepting less money to play with Savard and Chara and work towards a cup. I didn't know that incentives worked against the cap.

Now I am not pushing the theme to play for "the Love of the Game". These players are the best in the world and should be paid accordingly.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hossa wont become like murray, hes a two way player, in four years he may lose his scoring touch but he wont be as useless as murray

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he will sign with the canucks too. More money they will throw at him.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

...young padiwan.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous vince m said...

What incentive would he have to sign in Vancouver, besides money?

The Bruins would have the better chance at making it further in the playoffs, the organization has shown over the last year that it is wants to improve. All that Vancouver has shown is that it is unstable (as in Mgmt. and players).

If he was to go to a Canadian team I think the best team would be Ottawa.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Crap - get off the Hossa Bandwagon - The guy is a certifed looser. Check his record - he has been on a few all star teams but has never won anything in 10 years.
He is looking for a place to retire. Give him a one year contract and see what he is able to achieve - I bet nothing - one year and kick him to the curb. We need guys that are hungry to win, not to float around waiting for the gift and empty net goals.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

And who do you think the Bruins should go out and get. Don't forget he has to be available, can score, want to go to Boston, can skate.

Don't know about you but I don't see to many UFA's in this years bunch that qualify. You probably think Murray can still do the trick, can be the teams top goal getter.

You are the type of person that bitches when we don't get these types of players and then when we can't score bitch that we don't have a goal scorer.

Do me a favour and start cheering for Florida.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bergie, what the hell are you talking about? Hossa is only 29 and had his best year only 2 years ago...

12:28 PM  

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