Not sure how this can be viewed as a positive for those who want Jagr to return. Now that Hossa went to the Wings, The Oilers and Pens can throw their Hossa money at Jagr, in a shorter term deal. We need to hope that Jagr only wanting to play in NY is accurate because I suddenly see a few more teams in the Jagr sweepstakes now.
Sather needs to get both Sundin & Jagr on a conference call and say "just look at Detroit. the only way anybody takes them down is if you two come here at a discount, otherwise, enjoy your $20million contracts from Western Canadian teams and watching Detroit lift another cup in June."
True, but he turned down a 7 year 50 million dollar offer from the Pens, a team thats arguably better aligned for the future than Detroit. This is really peculiar. Why count on banking next year when it couldve been done this year....you never know with injuries and things of that nature.
The reported 7yrs/$50m deal was bogus. The actual deal, as confirmed by Pens management, was 5yrs/$35m. There were rumors -- but only rumors -- that Pittsburgh increased their offer to 7yrs/$52m last night.
The Rangers had better be careful or they could lose Jagr to Pittsburgh.
Someone wrote that teams usually don't win back-to-back. But teams usually lose free agents whom they rented at the trading deadline (or just regular FAs who are overpaid by other teams because they looked good on a Cup-winning team).
In this case, Detroit won the Cup and then got an All Star wing as a free addition to the team.
They are now better, significantly better, than they were last year.
I guess Hossa must've been thinking, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".