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Discussion Question: What is wrong with Jason Spezza?

The NHL season is about a quarter finished, and while there are many pleasant surprises, the play of Jason Spezza has been the exact opposite. Through 17 games Spezza has only scored 1 goal on 41 shots, for a shooting percentage 2.4 (the 2.4 SPCT is even worse than Jason Blake who’s moving along at 3.0% …. yikes). He has recorded only 11 points so far on the season and is averaging¬† 19:46 minutes per game. During the Senators recent game against the Leafs, I had to look up the in-game box score late in the second period to confirm if he was even playing or not.

Sure the loss of Dany Heatley has cut in to his overall production, but there are still some talented players on the Senators. So it brings us to the question: What is wrong with Jason Spezza? This is the question I ask you to make a comment on. I don’t know if we have the readership to make this kind of entry work, but what the hell, you never know until you try. Hopefully it goes well and we can make it a weekly segment.

13 Comments

  1. sensfan76

    November 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve been a sens fan from the beginning and I really think it’s time for Spezza to move on. He shows almost no heart (even though he’s one of the more gifted skilled players) and almost smirkes at the camera when being asked to explain his lack of production by the media.

    We really need a change of culture and leadership here in Ottawa and moving Spezza could be a good starting point. He definitley has trade value.

  2. Dan-the-man

    November 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Trade value? What trade value? Spezza has 1 goal while getting almost 20 minutes a game, along with1st line power play time.

    It’s pretty hard to sell a potential trading partner on the thought that they could offer more favourable playing conditions for Spezza to “flourish” in….

  3. sensfan76

    November 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Of course he has trade value.

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/s/spezzja01.html

    Only 2 years ago he had 34 goals and 58 assists. He’s averaged well over 80 points a year in the last 4 seasons, I’m pretty sure there’d be some interest in him. Maybe a change will do him good…..

  4. mikey

    November 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I think the problem Spezza is having is the same problem Heater was having. Cory Clouston has taken all the star power from our line up and even great players like Alfredsson don’t look as good under Clouston.

  5. leafs4life

    November 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    The problem isn’t spezza, it’s the senators. they have never been able to get over being owned by the leafs in the playoffs!!!! Get spezza in the blue and white, he’d look good with kessy.

  6. sensfan76

    November 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Typical leafs fan.. all players are going to Toronto, right? Who, exactly, would you guys have to trade for a guy of Spezza’s calibre? Idiot.

    It’s pretty safe to say that if we move Spezza, it’ll be to the western conferrence.

  7. leafs4life

    November 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    1 goal in 17 games isn’t that hard of a calibre to match, idiot…sens fans are always so self-rightous

    face it, we’re on the way up and senators are heading toward the basement where they belong.

  8. mikey

    November 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    What? We’re not going to trade Spezza to the leafs, or any other team in our division. It makes no sense to trade all our top players to keep a rookie coach happy…trade Clouston to the leafs, there’s no star power to worry about there.

  9. Dan-the-man

    November 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I wouldn’t trade any more than a 2nd round pick and a couple bench players for Spezza. You could put all the talent you want around him and he’ll still be the selfish, lazy player he is today. A healthy scratch for a game or 2 could motivate him to put out a decent effort. Probably not though.

  10. sickandtired

    November 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I say bench him or sit him or send him donw to the minors. i don’t care just get him off the ice

  11. Mark

    November 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    He doesn’t seem to be a fan of hustling, would rather coast. It drives me nuts when you see a guy with so much talent not show up to play.

  12. Crucial J-

    November 25, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Spezza will most definately be traded as the Sens will be the next team to blow it up and rebuild. With Leclaire being the bandaid boy he is, I see Spezza going to the Islanders for Biron and prospects.

    Outside shot – Giguere for Spezza?

  13. Dave L

    January 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Giguere for Spezza, LMAO. Thats going from bad to worse!
    Spezza is lazy and needs to go, no doubt but Giguere is a has been.
    Ottawa needs another Mike Fisher, heart and hard working with some talent.