Marian Hossa says he turned down massive offer from Canadian team, signed with Red Wings instead

Published August 4, 2023 at 9:50

Hockey Hall of Fame forward Marian Hossa had an incredible career in the NHL that saw him hoist the Stanley Cup three times as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

But before he signed with Chicago, Hossa spent a season with the Detroit Red Wings, who inked the Slovak to a one-year contract at just shy of $8 million USD.

On a recent episode of the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, Hossa said that he turned down a massive eight-year contract from the Edmonton Oilers to sign a one-year deal with Detroit.

"I knew I can learn. What is the success in that dressing room, you know? Why are they so good? I want to be finding out more." Hossa said about the Red Wings, who were coming off a Stanley Cup win in 2008.

He went on to add, "I don't care that it's for one year. They offered me like eight years in Edmonton, you know, for crazy money, my agent told me. I said 'I don't care, I want to go there (Detroit)."

While with the Red Wings, Hossa would return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season. But for the second year in a row, he was on the losing side of the battle.

But Hossa wasn't left without a Stanley Cup on his resume for very long. In the summer of 2009, he signed a whopping 12-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks and hoisted hockey's greatest trophy in his first season in the 'Windy City'. He would go on to add his name to the Stanley Cup two more times in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Meanwhile for the Edmonton Oilers, losing out on signing a big name like Marian Hossa hurt them badly. Their playoff drought continued until 2017 and in that time, they had the first overall pick four times, drafting Taylor Hall in 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011, Nail Yakupov in 2012 and Connor McDavid in 2015.

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