I think the Edmonton Oilers public statement that they are offering Marian Hossa $9M a year is more “Hold me Back” than “Let Me at Him!”
Aside from giving the other 29 teams an indicator of where their offers need to be, it’s also a nice way of telling Oiler fans the new Katz regime is not going to let mere dollars get in there way.
There are a couple of problems with a $9M Hossa. First of all, I don’t think they can afford the guy:
- GOAL: Mathieu Garon (1.1M), Dwayne Roloson (3.67M)
- LEFT DEFENSE: Sheldon Souray (5.4M), Denis Grebeshkov (1.5M), Ladislav Smid (.886M)
- RIGHT DEFENSE: Lubimor Visnovsky ($5.6M), Tom Gilbert (4M), Steve Staios (2.7M
- CENTER: Shawn Horcoff (3.6M), Sam Gagner (1.625M), Kyle Brodziak (.497M)
- LEFT WING: Dustin Penner (4.25M), Andrew Cogliano (1.133M), Raffi Torres (2.25M), Ethan Moreau (2M)
- RIGHT WING: Marian Hossa (9M), Ales Hemsky (4.1M), Robert Nilsson (1.833M), Fernando Pisani (2.5M)
- TOTAL SIGNED PLAYERS: 19
- TOTAL DOLLARS SPENT: $57,644,000
- CAP: $56,700,000
- DOLLARS AVAILABLE: over by $1M
- ROSTER SPOTS AVAILABLE: 4
Notice Pitkanen is off the roster. If we make the 4 extra players Marc Pouliot, Zack Stortini, Mathieu Roy and a $1M Marty Reasoner that’s probably another $3.4M toward the cap. Since the Oilers like to have a cushion let’s make it $5M even that needs to be drive from the roster.
So, Lowe would have to deal Pitkanen, Torres and Staios. OR he’d have to find a home for Pitkanen, Roloson and Robert Nilsson.
I’d love to see Marian Hossa on this team, but it would put it so far out of balance we’d be talking about an extreme lack of depth somewhere. And given this club’s ability to sustain injury, it’s an impossible idea.