If I had to play for the Lightning and under Barry Melrose, I'd be missing the Penguins, too. He probably misses Pittsburgh but he probably knew his days there were numbered and figured he'd better make the best of the situation.
To me, Malone staying in Pittsburgh was a scenario of trying to get a square peg to fit into a round hole. There were other players to sign, Shero had it in his mind the way things were going to be and he wasn't going to just stray from that and offer Malone more than what was in the plan. Malone (and his agent) had his own plan and vision of what he should be making, and there just was no fit either way.
holeinone wrote:Everybody crucifies Hossa for taking a 1 year contract in Detroit because as he put it " I want to win a Cup and I think Detroit is the best place for me to do that". Malone takes the money and almost every one give him a free pass so that he can live in luxury the rest of his life. Malone passes up a chance to win the cup and Hossa is trying to win the Cup. Which of those two scenarios makes more sense.
Both decisions were understandable, but I think Malone had different priorities and was more up front about things than Hossa was. I know we don't know the whole story, but Hossa seemed very misleading.
I can see why he wanted to play for Detroit but I think Hossa is taking a gamble that I think he will lose. Detroit is VERY good but looking at the way they are playing now, he is gambling with a team that is HUNG OVER and lacking the same attitude and determination that other teams have right now.