Thursday, May 28, 2009

Revenge For The Pens?

By: Nick Marella

After such a disappointing trip to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Marian Hossa, decided his time as a Penguin was up. After entering free agency, the gifted winger had reportedly received a huge deal from the Oilers landing him an estimated $9 million dollars a year.

Rather then take the whopping offer from Edmonton or remain in Pittsburgh, Hossa agreed to a 1 year $7.45 million dollar deal to join the team that crushed his Cup hopes a few months prior, the Detroit Red Wings. When asked about his decision to leave Pittsburgh for Detroit, Hossa replied "When I compared the two teams, I felt like I would have a little better of a chance to win the Cup in Detroit."

Ironically, the two teams will meet in the finals yet again for what is shaping up to be a stellar series. Unfortunately for Hossa, the Penguins are coming into this match-up after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in a dominant fashion. Although Chicago was also no match for the Wings, Pittsburgh has a slight advantage.

Although Detroit has more experience when it comes to winning in the playoffs,their defense and fast paced offense will not be enough to cancel out the offensive power of arguably 2 of the best players in the whole league. Removing the bitter taste from last years finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will defeat the Detroit Red Wings in 7 games.

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