I don't buy curses and I sure as s*** don't buy this one. It shouldn't have even went down the way it did. We had a deal on the table to trade for Hossa in 08 when we won and there's a good chance he would've helped us win that year. It's not like he played bad for Pittsburgh that year. Even if he wouldn't have made us better (which he would've) he would've still taken a big chunk of talent out of Pitt.
And in 09, I will argue this to my dying day, we were blatantly and unmistakably jerked around by the league until Crosby's baby boy got the Cup they all wanted him to get. That series should've been over in 5.
And this year, well, it's not like he's playing bad. He's one of the better players out there for the Hawks. The Hawks troubles have more to do with a flaky goalie who can't stop second and third shots, a coach who is one of the worst in hockey and an overall team immaturity. Hell, let's add to that-they don't have a true leader, they quit when they're not dominating and they have absolutely zero composure.
That isn't Hossa's fault, and it's not a curse. It's just a group of hot shot kids with no leadership or experience bringing him down.
Hossa did I think, back the wrong pony. He should've taken his money we offered him and stuck around. Because long after Chicago has had their run and are back to losing, we'll still be winning. And he'd be taken care of by this team, that has a better chance of winning year in and year out than the Hawks, who couldn't manage the cap to save a bucket of kittens.
Well said. The Hawks only have 16 guys signed for next year and less tha $1M of cap room left. They will be dumping salary big time this summer so they will not be as good as this year.
As far as Hossa, he is not a playoff performer so I'm glad that we didn't re-sign him. He has 9 goals and 30 points in his last 46 playoff games.
91 points in 118 playoff games over his career - 0.77 pts/game
770 out of 832 in the regular season - 0.93 pts/games
Obviously those numbers are telling. He disappears in the playoffs.