Hossa expects his agent, Rich Winter, to start talking with Shero soon.
“I’d rather take less and play on a good team,” Hossa said. “Hopefully, I can return here and be part of this organization but, with the salary cap, I know how hard it is. There’s lots of players to be signed, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
If we're Penguins general manager Ray Shero, we go to Hossa and his representatives bright and early Monday morning and say the following....
"Hey Hoss, you were great for us, everything we wanted when we went out and traded a large chunk of the future for you. Things went great, you came in, worked hard and produced big time points. We'd love to keep you. You say you're willing to take a little less for a good team and you know you'll never find a better situation than playing with Crosby, the best playmaking center in the game. Sid took about $1.5 million less a season to help us keep everything together. We're gonna ask you to do the same, because we have to. So here's an offer for $42 million over six years. As you know, it's guaranteed money. Let's gear up and go again, we want you back and, due to the circumstances, you know this is the best we can do. Surely you could get more money from a team in July, but you won't be with Crosby and this club. Think about it."
If he signs, awesome. If not, the most important word in the Hossa quote above is the one we highlighted for emphasis.