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Pittsburgh Penguins get Marian Hossa from Atlanta Thrashers

Pittsburgh Penguins get Marian Hossa from Atlanta Thrashers

The Pittsburgh Penguins, desperate to add another scorer to Sidney Crosby's line, acquired Slovakian forward Marian Hossa from the Atlanta Thrashers in a trade on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh sent forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen to the Thrashers.
With Toronto's Mats Sundin off the market after refusing to waive his no-trade clause, Hossa was the biggest name available at the trading deadline. Hossa is a five-time NHL All-Star who has 26 goals and 30 assists in 60 games this season.
The Penguins paid a big price to get a player who will become a free agent this summer, dealing two of their top forwards, plus 2007 first-round draft pick Angelo Esposito and a future first-round draft pick. Pittsburgh also gets Canadian forward Pascal Dupuis.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero downplayed speculation in recent days that he would target a star such as Hossa, who could very well be a rent-a-player for Pittsburgh. The Penguins already gave Crosby a contract worth $8.7 million (euro5.9 million) a season last year and are looking at a similar deal for star scorer Evgeni Malkin this year.
Hossa is making $6 million (euro4 million) a year in a contract that expires after this season.
Hossa is expected to go onto Crosby's line once the 2007 NHL scoring champion and MVP returns from a high ankle sprain that has sidelined him since Jan. 18. Crosby is not on the Penguins' three-game road trip that began on Tuesday against the New York Islanders and probably won't return until next week at the earliest.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:39 GMT+08:00