They weren't even going to pursue Hossa until Mario and others told ol Ray to go get somebody to make another line with Crosby. Boston are the most interested team, or in other words the team ready to pay what he wants, I've read that the Penguins are interested though.
There's a salary cap
-Staal and Malkin are coming out of their entry level contracts.
-Fleury is a RFA.
So, Crosby makes his 7 or so eventually. Fleury will demand upawards of 4-5. Malkin will want the 8-9 and Stall is getting towards the big bucks. Mike Peca made big time money, so Jordan Staal will earn at least 3.5 to 4. that's 22.2 (at least) on 4 players. Still not even considering Orpik, Sykora, Malone etc. Then Hossa will want 8 for sure. 30 million pucks, it won't work for a succesful team. Look at the mess in Tampa Bay.
I can go on for hours if we want to turn this into an off season thread. Think there's a reason to start a NHL thread or something? I'm serious, I'm game for talking hockey anywhere and anytime