In February 2008, Shero got Marian Hossa in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers. Hossa came to the Penguins, and forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, along with prospect Angelo Esposito, were sent to Atlanta.
Hossa proved to be a strong addition to the Penguins, scoring 10 points in 12 games and 26 points in 20 postseason games.
The Penguins went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992, but lost to the Detroit Red Wings in six games.
After the season ended, Hossa indicated that he hoped to stay with Pittsburgh. However, he ended up leaving for the Red Wings, saying that he felt playing in Detroit gave him the best chance to win the Stanley Cup.
This did not sit well with Pens fans, who believed Hossa's words that he wanted to be a Penguin long-term. Pittsburgh defeated the Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, and Hossa once again found himself on the losing side.
Pittsburgh also got forward Pascal Dupuis in the trade. Dupuis posted 12 points in 16 games after being traded and has been with the Penguins for the last two full seasons. He will play the last year of his contract this year.
Although Hossa ended up leaving the team, his impact cannot be underestimated.
He was the part of the reason the Penguins were able to tear through the 2008 playoffs before meeting Detroit. He also caused controversy the season after he left, showing that despite his brief stay in Pittsburgh, he would always be remembered.
However, Dupuis has stuck around and improved into one of the Penguins' best forwards.