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05-19-2008, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by bobbop View Post
San Jose is $10MM under the cap because the owner wants to be $10MM under the cap. Part of the reason is that the ownership group has a huge debt service from buying the team. More likely scenario to consider -- Pittsburgh has one year before Malkin and Staal's entry contracts expire. I could see them signing Hossa and then trading him after next season. There's always a market for a scorer.
I don't see Pittsburgh taking the risk.

If they can get Hossa to sign at a discount, then he'll be back in Pittsburgh.

I really can't see Pittsburgh taking the chance of handcuffing themselves if they can't get rid of Hossa to deal with Malkin and Staal's contracts. Teams will look to handcuff Pittsburgh just like they did with Jersey when they were screwing themselves capwise. They lost Gomez and Rafalski in one off-season and went from a somewhat feared team to a completely mortal and barely above average team.

Pittsburgh will keep Crosby/Malkin together for years just like Detroit did with Yzerman/Fedorov.

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