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02-22-2011, 02:10 PM
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Josh Deitell
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Originally Posted by JDM View Post
Really? The year before the Hossa deal Pittsburgh got bounced in the first round and the year before that they didn't even make the playoffs.
Which has more to do with their top players rounding into form than anything. In 05-06, Crosby's rookie year, they missed the playoffs. In his second, when Malkin was a rookie, they made it and were knocked out in the first round. In Malkin's second and Sid's third, they made the finals and lost (with Hossa). The next year, they won the cup (without Hossa).

Hossa is a fantastic player, but if he couldn't put the Pens and Wings over the top, how can anyone say with certainty that a similar player would have that effect here?

Add Hossa to our roster right now and we're arguably on the level of the Pens and Wings before they picked him up.

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