A Stanley Cup for Hossa? No, Sir
Gorman, Kevin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
DETROIT -- Marian Hossa swears he has no regrets.
The high-priced right wing stood by that, even after he watched his former team beat his current one and hoist the Stanley Cup. Even after he claimed that he left the Penguins for the Detroit Red Wings because the defending NHL champions gave him "the best chance to win the Cup."
"That's life," Hossa said after the Penguins' 2-1 Game 7 victory over the Red Wings on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena. "You have to move on. That's a great life experience. Sometimes, it's a tough pill to swallow, but there's another year."
What left a bitter taste in Hossa's mouth was how he came up empty in the Cup Final. He took 23 shots on net but finished without a goal and registered only three assists for the series.
"Whether you like it or not, that's lots of pressure," Hossa said. "When the pressure is on, you learn how to handle it. It's squeezing you. That's a pretty tough one. I tried to battle hard, but I couldn't get anything done offensively."
That's not what the Red Wings expected from Hossa, not after he scored six goals and 26 points for the Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. Not after he turned down a reported seven-year, $50 million offer from the Penguins to instead sign a one-year, $7.45 million deal with the Red Wings last summer, claiming they gave him "the best chance to win the Cup." And certainly not after he scored 40 goals and 71 points in the regular season for the Red Wings and added six goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
"It's hard on him, too, being in the situation that he was in and everything around it," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said, "but I thought he did a heck of a job this year for us and in the playoffs, too. …