NHL Rumors I: Senators Shopping Jason Spezza

  • Nick Kypreos: Sources say in the Senators are shopping Jason Spezza to Western conference teams.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Unlike Phaneuf, the return for Jason Spezza would be similar to a deadline rental: a NHL ready player, prospect and a first round pick.
  • Bruce Garrioch of Ottawa Sun: The Senators will likely trade Spezza before next months draft. Spezza name in the trade market isn’t much of a surprise as the team was talking trade at the deadline. Both the Blues and Ducks were interested in March. The Sens weren’t ready to trade him then. The Blues may be the most willing to trade after their first round elimination.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Spezza had to submit a list of 10 teams that he doesn’t want to be trade too as part of his no-trade clause.
  • Bob McKenzie: Spezza rumors come from his exit interview where he told management/ownership that he may look favorably at a move. Spezza is very much in play.

The 30-year old Spezza is entering the final year of his seven-year, $49 million contract. He’ll have a $4 million salary with a $7 million salary cap hit.

Who do you think should be interested in Jason Spezza? What should they give up to get him?


  1. John

    May 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Spezza and Anderson to Ducks for Hiller, a first rounder and a current roster player (Perry could come back to play with Ryan). Wouldn’t mind seeing Silfverberg come back the other way… Will be an interesting summer!

  2. Jeff

    May 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Why in the world would they ever limit themselves to just Western Conference Teams?

  3. Dave

    May 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

    @Jeff doesn’t Spezza have a partial no-trade deal? Perhaps he specified western only teams.

  4. Jeffg

    May 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Bruce Garrioch: Spezza had to submit a list of 10 teams that he doesn’t want to be trade too as part of his no-trade clause

  5. Dave

    May 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Well that answers that. He probably specified mostly eastern teams and the ones he didn’t specify are ones that don’t need him like Pittsburgh.

  6. Chris

    May 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I’m not a Sens fan but they’d be pretty dumb to trade Spezza. I know they’ve got good young players coming up but there’s a big difference between a #2 and a #1 centre. Can Turris or Zibanejad play against the Charas and Webers every night?

    I remember when the Leafs let Sundin go and the conventional ‘wisdom’ was that they’d eventually replace him.

    They still haven’t.

  7. Dave

    May 12, 2014 at 11:12 am

    @Chris I agree that they won’t be replacing his talent anytime soon, but the problem is it seems like Melnyk doesn’t want to spend any money these days. Spezza will be due for a major re-signing next year (probably in 7 mill range). As a result, he just might not want to bite on a $35-42 mill re-signing or something.

    Also, Hemsky has already hinted that if Spezza goes he won’t re-sign, so combined with potential Michalek and Anderson departures, the Sens could be a very different looking team next season.

  8. Rustall

    May 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Rick Nash for Spezza straight up.

  9. Ian

    May 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Not sure Spezza is the right fit for Anaheim, they probably would do better with a 2C that has a little more grit and defensive meddle.