EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the asking price for Atlanta's Marian Hossa and Toronto's Mats Sundin will be steep. Of the teams believed interested in Hossa (Montreal, Detroit, San Jose and Ottawa), Matheson suggests the asking price might involve Chris Higgins, Valterri Filppula, Jonathan Cheechoo and Mike Fisher. Thrashers GM Don Waddell also said he'd give an interested team 48 hours to sign Hossa to a contract extension, but Matheson writes it's unlikely Hossa will sign with anyone until July, when he's a UFA. As for Sundin, if he waives his clause it's believed the Anaheim Ducks have the inside track. Matheson notes the Ducks won't part with the first round pick they got from the Oilers for a playoff rental but suggests they might bite if the Leafs sweetened the pot by offering up another player like Alex Steen.Spectors
SPECTOR'S NOTE: I suspect the willingness of those two to sign contract extensions to facilitate a trade could be the deal breaker, as the word is a lot of GMs don't want to overpay for a playoff rental this season, or perhaps another significant player added with either Sundin or Hossa. A contract extension as part of the deal is the best insurance. For now, it remains to be seen if either guy will move.
I'm not gonna lie. Of those four players mentioned, Flip is the least integral to his team. Detroit's already got two all star centers locked up for their top lines, and theyve got no top line wingers on the squad or coming up in the system either. If Kenny thinks he can fit Hossas demands under the cap and re-sign Hank, I see no reason why not to do this. If we re-sign Hossa, it'll be long-term.
Edited by YoungGuns1340, 19 February 2008 - 05:27 PM.
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