Hossa made surprising choice to land in Detroit, but was it the right one?

Updated: October 9, 2008, 7:21 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Marian Hossa could have bought a sizable chunk of his native Slovakia with the amount of money he turned down in the first 48 hours of July.

But instead of "Show me the money," it was "Show me the ring." Or so he hopes.

Now comes the tough part -- proving to the rest of the hockey world he wasn't nuts to sign a one-year, $7.45 million deal with Detroit instead of the multiyear bonanzas on the table from Pittsburgh and Edmonton, among other teams.

"He ...

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