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05-28-2009, 06:57 PM
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I think the hopes of Hossa signing for anything less than $5.5m per (and then I think I'm being very liberal with what his cap hit will/would be) are in for a surprise. Duhatschek says the deal is similar to Franzen's, more likely meaning it is similar in structure. Winter, Hossa's agent, has already gone on record of making a side comment about seeing what's needed to be done and whether the contract will be 10 years or 12. No one is talking about cap hit.

Also, remember, while Franzen's blown the doors off (again) in the playoffs, his contract wasn't much of a deal when it was signed. Even now, his actual pay the next few years is probably pretty close to what his cap hit would have been if he went shopping for a new home over the summer.

So I'm not expecting some massively great deal with Hossa. And, if it's around a $6m per cap hit, I'd still let him walk.

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