Thursday, January 17, 2008

Oilers Interested in Hossa?

There are rumors floating around that suggest the Oilers (along with just about every other team in the league) are interested in Marian Hossa. It's widely acknowledged that Hossa will be on the trading block if the Thrashers can't come to terms with him on a new contract before the trade deadline. I suspect the Oilers, if they're still in the hunt for a playoff spot, will dangle a few of their youngsters as trade bait, but I can't see this deal ever happening. Hossa becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and Kevin Lowe would be crucified if he gave up the future of the team to get Hossa without a guarantee that he'll be sticking around for next season. And although I'd love to see someone of Hossa's skill level in copper and blue, I can't imagine that he'd fit into Craig MacTavish's defense first system.

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