I don't remember, was there any buzz that the Hawks were going to make a run at him prior to him being signed? If they are shopping Hjalmersson and Montador I wonder if they are going to make a real run at Suter.
There was a lot of buzz the previous year. However, no one thought the Hawks could pull of Hossa the year he was signed due to the cap.
Ya I remember the buzz when they did Campbell and Huet....wonder if Bowman has a trick up his sleeve. Maybe they are going to make a play for Suter or maybe Bowman just hates the Blackhawks and doesn't want us to have any defensemen.
Yeah, the day before I was hearing they were talking to Havlat so the Hossa deal was just completely out of left field. I was working so many hours at that time, like 80 a week, all different shifts, I would just come home and pass out on the couch in the middle of the day. I was living with my parents back then and my now brother in law woke me up and said, "dude, we signed Hossa!" I told him we were going to win the Cup this year and passed right back out, lol.
It was totally out of the blue. hfboards first reaction was say goodbye to Toews, Kane or Keith. When they found out the caphit and the term later, they started screaming circumvention. A lot of people also labelled Blackhawks the cup favorite after the signing.