After spending the morning breaking down the Atlanta Thrashers pre-trade deadline situation with the Red Wings fan I sit next to at work, I've come to the conclusion that there is almost no scenario in which Marian Hossa isn't a Wing within the next 10 days. It just makes too much sense!
With Cleary out Detroit needs a top 6 scoring winger. They already have their share of talented youngsters and gritty grinders on top of a thorny defense. So all they really have to do is swing a young guy or three, or maybe a couple of prospects and Hoss goes north.
Face it, the Red Wings this season are not only the team to beat, they are virtually indistigushable in composition from the super teams of the 90's. Yes, there is no Yzerman or Shannahan providing Hall of Fame leadership from the forward position. But all you have to do is look at Lidstrom, Chelios, Rafalski, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Datsyuk, Hudler, and Fillpula to understand the the Wings of this year could go toe to toe with any of the great teams of the past, especially when Dominik Hasek begins playing every game.
In fact, if it weren't for running into the utterly stacked Ducks last year we would be having to deal with another round of annoying Red Wings championship crap from fans who don't seem to have anything better to do with their lives.
Every year there are a couple players on the block that everyone knows are going to be moved. This year's glamour couple include Hossa and Mats Sundin. Rarely do players of that caliber end up in situations where they don't have a shot at a title (thus what seems to be Sundin's insistance on choosing where he goes). The Wings are one piece away from becoming not only one of the best defensive teams in hockey, but possibly the best offensive team as well.
Marian Hossa fits the bill, and Wings fans are hoping he lands in Detroit and returns to form as a scoring machine rather than devolving into another Robert Lang.
I'm betting he'll flourish.