Apparently, a championship means more than money to some athletes.
Today, former Pittsburgh Penguin winger Marian Hossa signed a one year, $7.4 million dollar contract with the Detroit Red Wings, taking somewhat of a discount to earn a shot at a title with the defending Cup champs. Hossa's Penguins fell short to the Wings in a six game battle.
The 29-year-old winger will enter his 11th season in the league as the newest member of an already stacked Detroit team. He will join Nicklas Lidstrom, Nicklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk to help the Wings become the first repeat champ since the team did it in 1996/97 and 1997/98.
It's interesting to see what he will do if the Wings don't win the Cup again next season. He obviously signed a one-year deal to leave himself open, but if he's still in search of a title after this year, will he take another short deal to win a championship or will he give in and take an offer from the highest bidder?
Hossa, shaking off questions about his playoff mental toughness by posting 26 points in 20 games, should make the Wings instant favorites to repeat. Stay tuned.