How quickly will this all be resolved?

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Update, 12:40 p.m.: Hossa is close to signing with Red Wings: one year, $7.4 million.

Early on in our conference call with Glen Sather, I asked the Rangers GM if he thinks there will be a resolution to Jaromir Jagr’s contract situation today. Sather said he wasn’t sure, but that he’d imagine it wouldn’t take much beyond that.

Come to think of it, I’ve asked questions about timing to almost everyone I’ve talked to. I’m not sure why: maybe it’s the tedium of waiting; maybe it’s knowing the long 4th of July weekend is approaching and I don’t want to spend it inside and glued to a computer screen and a cell phone. Or maybe it’s because I’m just as curious as the rest of you to know what the Rangers will look like when they drop the puck in Prague.

Unfortunately these are all issues outside of my control. If it were up to me, the free agency frenzy would be bottled into two short hours, and there’d be a catered lunch served right after (thus rendering unnecessary my repeated trips to the refrigerator).

On the flip side, though, there is some urgency for everyone else. For instance, if Marian Hossa is indeed sifting through offers from teams like Edmonton, Pittsburgh, and yes, the Rangers, those teams want the wing to make a decision so they can get to work on Plan B, or if they’re successful, the rest of Plan A.

And with each passing hour, the more it seems like Hossa is the Rangers’ Plan A and Jagr is only a fallback option. Think about it: if Jagr was the Rangers’ first priority all along, they could have signed him days, weeks or even months earlier.

Instead, they’ve probably gone this far with the captain because they’ve been busy looking over his shoulder. And it’s only when (and if) they run out of other appealing alternatives that they might be ready to turn their attention back to him.

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  1. something tells me someone beat me. I was digging part of my lunch out of my teeth!

    Sources tell TSN that free agent Marian Hossa has signed a one-year, $7.4 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

  2. Dr. Ogrodnick on

    Hossa to the wings, 1 year 7.4 mil. Confirmed. Just give them the cup now. See you next summer.

  3. BREAKING NEWS:

    Sources tell TSN that free agent Marian Hossa has signed a one-year, $7.4 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

  4. Hey, where’s Mr. He’s looking for $10mil, and he’ll follow the $? Where is that guy?

  5. Interesting move by both Hossa and the Wings. Good for them, i’m happy Hossa didn’t follow the dough to a 8-10 year contract.

    Means there’s also a possibility of us signing him next season.

  6. Beer

    I admit I was wrong on two counts… It hought he would be seeking 8 or 9 and I thought h would be seeking a multi year deal… I’m amazed really

  7. If it were up to me, the free agency frenzy would be bottled into two short hours, and there’d be a catered lunch served right after

    Sam, you’re a true reporter…always thinking with your stomach!

  8. I wasn’t talking about you agr. someone else.

    It’s REAL interesting that he went for 1yr. Maybe it’s just to add STANLEY CUP CHAMP to his resume and demand more next summer after he pots 65 goals playing with Datsyuk.

  9. And let this season be a lesson to us all! Eklund don’t know jack-shit!!!! He got Campbell wrong, didn’t even get the money right. He got Hossa wrong. Perhaps he got 2-3 signings right but he links players with 2-5 teams so it’s bound to happen! Don’t read hockeybuzz, waste of time.

  10. “That should drop the Jagr-sundin price…no??”

    It should. We’ll see.

  11. is it just me or has this years start of free agency sub par in excitement level not even just on a rangers front

  12. is it just me or has this years start of free agency sub par in excitement level not even just on a rangers front
    ……….

    as far as the Rangers go, I wouldn’t speak so soon.

  13. 1 year deal for Hossa?

    That just seems weird. Why only 1?

    Ok so this means JAgr or Sundin, but I bet its JAgr, Glen aint gonna wait around til Aug to fins out if MAts wants to play

  14. lol Chris

    I thkn it could if not drop Jagr’s price, keep him down a bit…

    this could backfire for Hossa though, he came off his first good playoff appearance… if he gets tot he playoffs and becomes a ghost against the more physical west his price will sink…

  15. Beer,

    I knew you weren’t talking about me becuase I remmeber someone using that phrase… but I thought I would just come oiut and say I was wrong, becuase I was certain he would go for a multu year deal…

  16. Goodbye Hossa, Hello Jagr, Shanahan, possibly Avery, and maybe even Orpik, three of those fours.

  17. they had a ton of money to spend i dont know how they do it but every year they seem to have a ton of money (in response to the red wing question) i dont know the exact number

  18. billy the site I use for cap numbers is overloaded (prob to many people checking the Red Wings cap room) so I can’t check right now…

  19. Hossa left a million on the table to play in Detroit, definately.

    From whom I don’t know.

    On Jagr – the guy has never been an Unrestricted Free Agent. For the first time in his career he wants to see what he is worth on the open market. A gambling man like Jagr? I would say he’d study his options and then make his decision.

    I would say Sather and Renney both want him back, but Jagr is taking his time. I don’t think Sather has made any tactical errors here unless you think he should have offered Jagr a $10 million extension during the season.

    I think Jagr all along wanted to test the open waters.

    Hoepfully in the end he will decide to take less money in NYC.

  20. My prediction….next signing you hear today is Avery w/ Dallas.

    He seems like the EXACT player Brett Hull would enjoy. And sure as hell knows how to handle him.

  21. I want to know how Detroit can pull this off if they still need to sign Zetterberg and Franzen to big (understatement) raises. They are both unrestricted next year!

  22. Beer..I agree Avery will be the next signing, he’ll get $4m or more and he and Steve Ott will terrorize the West…but Avery might miss the bright lights…

  23. Avery and Hull were good buds going back to the Detroit days were they not? I seem to remember an NBC interview where they were laughing and reminiscing about the good ole days.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    So, imagine a Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Hossa line. They will be +100 each: they are three of the games premier offensive and defensive talents.

    This is actually a good thing for us. It will give our kids a chance to play and develop for a year with no expectations of winning the cup, because, let’s face it, Detroit is going to DOMINATE the league next year.

    Also, a master stroke by Hossa to sign a one year deal. He gets to go back to UFA next year, when presumably the cap goes up, and he is the ONLY premier offensive talent on the market.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    “I want to know how Detroit can pull this off if they still need to sign Zetterberg and Franzen to big (understatement) raises. They are both unrestricted next year!”

    Because Hossa is only a one year deal. Next year he is off their books. I would give my left arm for Ken Holland to replace Sather.

  26. Also, a master stroke by Hossa to sign a one year deal. He gets to go back to UFA next year, when presumably the cap goes up, and he is the ONLY premier offensive talent on the market.

    ……..

    that’s thinkin doodie. good agent.

  27. Because Hossa is only a one year deal. Next year he is off their books. I would give my left arm for Ken Holland to replace Sather.

    ……

    they can have my right!

  28. Hey, wait. It didn’t dawn on me till now that he just played AGAINST Det in the finals.

  29. Beer Me… Gaborik is UFA next year as well.. I think Iginla too, but I can’t remember.

  30. Doodie Machetto on

    The fact that Detroit even offered him anything is just a sign of pure genius by Holland. Everyone expects a player to sign some ridiculously long term contract, and here comes Detroit with just a one year offer. “Hey Marion, come here, get paid, win a cup, and THEN go sign your retirement contract.” It’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the sale of the “fudging” century!

  31. Do you think Hossa does this if wings had lost in earlier round for the 6th straight year?

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    Gaborik may be, but Iginla is not.

    Even so, Gaborik doesn’t compare with Hossa because Hossa is a much more complete player than Gaborik, not to mention that Gaborik is very injury prone.

    Who knows, maybe they want to play together somewhere. They’re both Slovakian.

  33. Matt,

    next year Pru, Dubi and Cally are rfa’s

    so is Hollweg but we don’t have to take him back do we?

    and Blair, Backman, Pock and Orr are ufa’s I don’t know that any of them come back if any (beside Blair) are even on the team…

    Staal isn’t rfa for two years…

    I think we will have the room to make them theri qualifying offers and keep them…

  34. Re-sign Jagr now. 7.4 for two years.

    The D is set whether we like it or not; why still talk about Orpik?

  35. The more I wait the more I dont want Jagr back…..
    plays at 1/2 speed admittedly…wants full pay
    wants hi-est pay as well?
    and still wants 20-25 minutes of ice time!!
    we just gave Rozy $5M for what so he can keep looking for Jags to pass off to him?

  36. Something tells me that wherever Jags plays next year, he will have something to prove, and I’d like him to prove it here

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