Thrashers now expected to shop Hossa

{eot} Staff with files from Darren Dreger
2/22/2008 6:22:19 PM
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The Atlanta Thrashers failed to realize any progress Friday in a final push to sign All-Star winger Marian Hossa before Tuesday's trade deadline.  

It's now expected that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell will fully embrace the auction for the Hossa's services.

However, what might complicate the process is the fact many of the same teams believed to be waiting for Mats Sundin to decide his next move may not make a play for Hossa until Sundin's status has been declared.

Hossa has played at nearly a point-per-game pace since entering the league on a full-time basis in 1998-99.

He was drafted 12th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1997 and was named to the All-Rookie Team the following season. After six productive seasons in the nation's capital, Hossa was dealt to the Thrashers in a blockbuster trade that saw Dany Heatley move to Ottawa. 

In the better part of three seasons in Atlanta, Hossa has averaged in the neighbourhood of 40 goals and 90 points.

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