Jason Spezza, a 35 year old centre, is up for Unrestricted Free Agency this summer. Naturally, people are raising questions on what may come next for this talented vet. Spezza has played the last 5 seasons with the Dallas Stars but with I don’t think he’s going to be making a return to Dallas.
In this season alone, Spezza played in 76 regular season games this season, he struggled with being healthy scratched. He scored 8 goals with 19 assists, totaling 27 points, off 121 shots. Spezza has a -13 rating and had 13:16 on the ice per game. His Faceoff wins have been on the up though, he averaged a 58.2% Faceoff Win percentage.
Although Spezza has been wearing the A in Dallas, he’s been more of a physical presence in the locker room rather than on the ice. Once place that can use a leader like him is the team that drafted him, the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa just endured a disastrous season, finishing last in the league with a record of 29-47-6. Spezza spent 11 seasons of his career in Ottawa and during those times the Senators were on a roll. His return would be needed for the Sens.
This year the Senators lost a number of good players before the trade deadline and are likely to lose a few more to free agency. They have 3 forwards going up for unrestricted free agency and 2 more on restricted free agency. In just the last season alone, they’ve lost their top 6 point scorers: Mark Stone, Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Derick Brassard. The team is lacking a veteran who has seen this much of the league, not counting 37 year-old goalie Craig Anderson.
According to CapFriendly, the Sens are looking at $37,744,167 in projected Cap Space. So if they wanted to bring back a player that was a key part of their 7 Cups Runs, they’ve got the money for it.
Although Spezza hasn’t been highly consistent recently, he’s still a valuable vet and you never know what can happen with a change of scenery. I don’t think we’ll see him hang up the skates just yet.
Spezza would lead this team well, hopefully pulling them from last in the league. Dallas would be sad to see him go but is it worth it to have him sit? With Ottawa he could really help out.
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