The Difference Between Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa

Posted: 9th September 2009 by Andrew Buccellato in NHL
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As we slowly creep upon the new season here in Atlanta, an ominous cloud reminds us of how our franchise looked two years ago. A major superstar is entering his last year of his contract and looking into becoming a UFA. Now we all know what happened the first time around, but I beg you to see things differently this time. There are some very visual and mental differences between Hossa and Kovalchuk.

First, let's look at the Hossa scenario: Hossa never wanted to be here, he signed a deal in Ottawa to be a Senator, only to be traded a few days later here. He never once mentioned this place as his home and came here grudgingly, if that. Hossa never bothered to be part of the team. He worked hard to get his stats, drive up his value at the end of his contract and get a big p ...

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