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07-22-2009, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ColdToiletSeats View Post
edit: maybe this is the reason holland didn't sign him
It could have been a factor. Hossa has been pretty healthy over his career. However, between breaking into the league young and playing all of those games, he's got a lot of wear and tear on his body. The past few seasons he's missed more time than in his younger days. If Hossa is out until December or January, that would be yet another chink in the armor. So I wouldn't dismiss the idea.

However, Zetterberg has missed his fair share of time, as has Franzen, and that didn't dissuade Holland from locking them up extremely long term.

So, I still think loyalty to players who were drafted & came up through our system was still a bigger factor in Holland neglecting to make a serious pitch to Hossa.

IMO, this does a lot more to explain why Hossa was less effective in the playoffs rather than explaining why he wasn't brought back.

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