Yesterday, after the Penguins won their third Stanley Cup, Marian Hossa wasn’t one of the lucky players celebrating. He sat on the Red Wings bench with his hands on his head, knowing he’d soon have to shake the hands of all the players on his former team.
In last year’s Stanley Cup, the Penguins suffered a devastating blow, when Detroit beat them in six games and celebrated winning the cup in the Pittsburgh Stadium. At that time, Hossa played for the Penguins, but after that season, he became a free agent. The Penguins offered Hossa a $35 million deal to be a Penguin for five more years, but Hossa decided to sign with Detroit instead — a one-year, $7.45 million deal.
"I know myself, I made the right decision," Hossa said on a conference call in July. "But it wasn't easy to throw that much money away. We'll see at the end of next year whether I decided good or not. I truly believe I made the right decision."
He snubbed the Penguins by saying, “When I compared the two teams, I felt like I would have a little better of a chance to win the Cup in Detroit."
But now, Hossa’s words have come back to haunt him as the Penguins celebrated winning on Detroit’s ice. And to add to that, Hossa’s Stanley Cup series was pitiful, scoring a great total of zero goals. Maybe it’s a good thing the Penguins didn’t resign him, because then the Penguins probably couldn’t sign valuable players like Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz.
Hossa insisted, “Regret? I don't regret it." Of course, I think he kind of has to say that.
Do I feel even a little sorry that Hossa didn’t win the Stanley Cup? Absolutely not. I said earlier this year that I hope the Penguins defeat Red Wings in the Stanley Cup just to serve Hossa right. Perhaps Hossa needs to have a little faith in his team and even though teammate Orpik forgave him, I never will.
Hossa, you are truly a moron. I hope what ever team signs you next loses. Because to Penguin fans, you’ll always be known as “Benedict Hossa.”