Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Hossa turns down Sens latest offer

The Marian Hossa continues to escalate to the point where it looks like things will only end poorly.

In today's Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch reports that Hossa has rejected a two-year, $8 million offer that would pay him $3.8 million this season and $4.2 next.

Hossa's arbitration date is looming, and if the Senators and he cannot come to an agreement before then, then the team and Hoss are not allowed to negotiate a new contract all year. They'll have to take their chances that he'll re-sign with the team when he becomes a UFA July 1st. Not a fun scenario, huh?

Sens GM John Muckler was interviewed by Alan Panzarri in today's Ottawa Citizen and paints a bleek picture about the Sens' chances of keeping the core together.

It's frustrating, said Muckler, but inevitable when there are only so many dollars to spend.

"We're one team that the cap system puts in a situation to lose players," he said yesterday. "You can only hope you do the right things to keep the right people.

"Do we want to keep all of them? Yeah, sure we do, but maybe that's not possible.

"If they choose to go the unrestricted route, then we can't compete. If that's the route they choose, they're gone. There's no way we'll be able to keep all those guys for $7 million each.

"Under this agreement, you're not going to be able to keep players forever. Teams are going to change."

But don't be too down about the Sens, the team managed to sign Chris Kelly and Brian McGratton to new contracts! See, don't you feel better already?


At 1:50 PM, Blogger Nick said...

Gotta love this CBA. Punish Ottawa for being successful. Mucks will be lucky to get two of his three big UFAs. If I had my choice, I'd let Hossa walk. He's a big name and a fine player, but I want Redden and Chara back next year.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger just'cuz said...

Even without a cap system,
"There's no way we'll be able to keep all those guys for $7 million each."
Because the Sens have always operated within a budget. So, I don't know why Muckler's complaining about the cap.

The cap will probably help him keep some of his players because the other teams also have to stay under the cap. Consequently, teams like Philadelphia, St.Louis, Toronto, the Rangers, Colorado, etc. just can't buy all the available UFAs without getting rid of their own stars.


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