Penguins Set to Discuss Extension with Marian Hossa

Jay HuerbinContributor IJune 14, 2008

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the go-to newspaper for everything Penguins, reported today that re-signing winger Marian Hossa has become the team's top priority this offseason.

Reports from the paper are that players, team officials and agents associated with the Penguins have told The Review that a deal that would keep Hossa in Pittsburgh for years to come has become the organization's No. 1 goal.

Hossa, who is in his prime at age 29, is reportedly looking for a long-term contract. Following the team's Stanley Cup Finals loss, Hossa claimed that he would be willing to take less money if it meant he could stay on a good team.

The offer on the table for Hossa is expected to be close to a seven-year, $50 million contract.

Already making $7 million per season, this new contract would be a minimal raise.

Hossa, who came to Pittsburgh in a Feb. 26 deadline deal, put up 10 points in 12 regular-season games with the Penguins. He shined in the playoffs, though, recording 26 points in 20 games and was at times the Penguins' best player.

There are 12 players on the Penguins set for free agency on July 1.