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Jason Spezza | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Contract: view contract details

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Dallas GM Jim Nill likes the team's chances of re-signing Jason Spezza.
"I think it's going to happen. I've talked to his agent," said Nill. "We want Jason and his family to move in here. I think once we get him in here, get training camp rolling, I'll sit down with his agent some more. When we made the trade the vision was he's going to be a Star for a long time. It wasn't just a six-month stop." Spezza is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season. He'll earn $4 million this year on a deal that carries an annual average value of $7 million. Aug 19 - 1:10 PM

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Jason Spezza insisted that his desire to leave the Ottawa Senators didn't stem from a need to escape the spotlight.

Spezza instead said it was about moving to a situation where he would have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup. The Dallas Stars certainly qualify as a team that's in a better position to compete for a championship than Ottawa. While Spezza was clearly the Senators' best forward, he'll be joining a Stars team that already features Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. That will allow them to use Spezza on the second line to provide them with some offensive depth.
Jul 8 - 9:40 AM

Jason Spezza sees himself as "just a piece to the puzzle" in Dallas.

That's probably to Spezza's liking after he became the center of attention in Ottawa following Daniel Alfredsson's departure. In Dallas, Spezza might end up serving as the second-line center as Tyler Seguin figures to play alongside Jamie Benn on the top line. The Stars still have some question marks, particularly when it comes to their defense, but their top two lines look very good.
Jul 7 - 3:52 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray insisted that Jason Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons.

"I hear the comments that we don't spend to keep (our players)," Murray said. "Just so you know, I offered Jason (Spezza) an extension and (he) said he wasn't interested. Whether it's because he thought we didn't have enough around him or what … but there are different stories in each case." Murray saying that Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons and then bring up an extension offer misses the point. A player demanding a trade isn't likely to do so because he's unhappy with his contract or as a maneuver to get a new deal. At the same time, if financials were an issue at all, it wouldn't have been Spezza being unhappy with his own pay, it would have been with him feeling that the Senators aren't spending enough to build a competitive team around him. If that was Spezza's feelings, then offering him an extension wouldn't have fixed anything.
Jul 2 - 11:17 AM

Jason Spezza cited his relationship with coach Lindy Ruff as one of the reasons he thinks playing in Dallas will work out for him.

Spezza waived his no-trade clause to join the Stars. The former Senators captain has played under Ruff in international tournaments. "I think the young group they have is an envy of a lot of the League, and I think I could fit in with helping out with the depth at center," Spezza added.
Jul 2 - 9:17 AM

The Dallas Stars have acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2015 second round pick, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, and Alex Chiasson.

The Senators didn't get a great return for Spezza, but their hands were partially tied by the fact that he wanted to move. Spezza is capable of averaging a roughly point-per-game and that isn't likely to change in Dallas. The Stars are loaded with top-end talent now between Spezza, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn.
Jul 1 - 11:21 AM

Jason Spezza has reportedly been dealt to the Dallas Stars.

The exact details of the deal aren't known yet, but the Stars are sending prospects the Senators' way. The fact that this move is happening before the UFA market opens means Ottawa will be able to spend the cap space they just freed up. Meanwhile, the Stars' offensive core is looking pretty good as Spezza joins Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
Jul 1 - 11:02 AM

Because Ottawa wasn't able to trade Jason Spezza before the start of the unrestricted free agent period, the Senators are going into it in an awkward position.

The Senators don't know exactly how much money they have to work with because there's no guarantee yet if Spezza will be traded. Even if he is, factoring in what the return might be for him into their plans is difficult until a trade is finalized. The sooner the Senators can trade Spezza, the easier the rest of their offseason is likely to be, but they don't want to trade him for less than they feel he's worth.
Jul 1 - 10:49 AM

The door may not be completely closed on Jason Spezza and the Nashville Predators.

"Nashville was on Jason's list that we put together a while ago and without the benefit of a crystal ball, I can't say (if that will change)," agent Rick Curran said. "Call me in three or four days and we might have a better answer." The Predators and Senators had something worked out at the draft, but a deal was vetoed by Spezza's camp because Nashville is on the center's no-trade list. St. Louis and Chicago are still in the hunt, along with Dallas, and whichever team misses out on a middleman like Paul Stastny in free agency could go after Spezza once the dust settles on the "frenzy."
Jun 30 - 11:06 AM

Jason Spezza, who has asked the Ottawa Senators to trade him but vetoed a deal to the Nashville Predators, is being coveted in trade talks with the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks, according to TSN.

TSN also said the Blues were in contact with the Senators as recently as Sunday. The network reported that the Blues also are interested in pending free agent Paul Stastny. TSN said the Stars have talked to the Senators about Spezza, as well as to the San Jose Sharks about Joe Thornton. But TSN also said Dallas management was told Thornton has no intention of waiving his no-movement clause to leave San Jose.
Jun 29 - 7:05 PM

Senators general manager Bryan Murray knows he might have to alter the package he expects to get back in a Jason Spezza deal.

Murray originally wanted a first-round pick, but no team was willing to give one up during this year’s draft. "I think going forward there will be discussion, I believe there will be," Murray said. "[Spezza] is a quality player in the NHL. If we can do something we’ll do something, whether it be a pick or, from my point of view I’d like to get a couple of guys to put on the ice. ... So I don’t know whether it was because of the draft and on the day of the draft, picks are very valuable, whether that was part of it or it was something different." Murray is prepared to be patient with a trade.
Jun 28 - 5:49 PM

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray said he had a potential deal with the Nashville Predators, but it was squashed because Jason Spezza refused to go there.

This shouldn't have come as a surprise to Murray because the Predators were reported to be on Spezza's no-trade list. Murray and Nashville GM David Poile didn't sound pleased with the center's decision, but they are open to revisiting discussions down the line if Spezza changes his mind. "We'll continue to talk and, over the course of time, I'm sure people that miss out on July 1 may come knocking, but we'll have to wait and see," said Murray. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are still believed to be interested in acquiring Spezza.
Jun 28 - 4:30 PM

Although they tried, the Senators were not able to secure a first-round pick in this year's entry draft for disgruntled center Jason Spezza.

The Blues were the closest to making a deal for Spezza but they decided to keep their 21st overall pick and select Robby Fabbri. It is not clear where Spezza, who has requested a trade, will go now. This situation has the potential to drag on over the summer which would not be a good thing for Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, the Sens or Spezza. Of course, after a number of free agents sign next week, things could loosen up again. The Predators are said to be looking for a number one pivot to team with newly-acquired James Neal. Spezza could fit the bill if he would agree to waive his no-trade provision to Nashville. Stay tuned.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 28 - 10:56 AM

The Jason Spezza hunt reportedly has five interested teams.

It's believed that St. Louis, Anaheim, Phoenix, Nashville and Florida have contacted the Senators with offers for the club's captain. The Predators were reportedly on his list of teams he wouldn't accept a trade to, though. Ottawa's scouts are prepared if Ottawa lands a first-round pick in the 2104 NHL Entry Draft in a trade for Spezza. The Senators would've had the 10th overall pick, but it was dealt to Anaheim in the Bobby Ryan trade.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 26 - 11:06 AM

Jason Spezza's no-trade list reportedly includes the Nashville Predators.

Spezza probably would've been a good fit for the Preds, who could desperately use some firepower and playmakers up front. However the Ottawa captain apparently doesn't want to be traded there. His no-trade list also includes all of the other Canadian teams, the New York Islanders, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Anaheim and St. Louis are widely believed to be the frontrunners to land Spezza.
Jun 21 - 6:30 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Travis Morin
LW1Jamie Benn
2Erik Cole
3Antoine Roussel
4Shawn Horcoff
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Ryan Garbutt
4Colton Sceviour
5Patrick Eaves
6Rich Peverley
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3Sergei Gonchar
4Brenden Dillon
5Jordie Benn
6Kevin Connauton
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Anders Lindback