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Jason Spezza | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
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The Stars will be able to trade Jason Spezza every summer starting in 2016 during a 48-hour window, according to TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie.
Spezza has a no-move clause and a modified no-trade clause in his new four-year, $30 million contract. This does not mean Dallas has the expectation of trading him in the future, though it’s certainly an interesting stipulation in the contract. If the Stars intend to move him, Spezza needs to provide them with 10 teams where he won’t play, according to Lavoie. Nov 22 - 7:37 PM

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Jason Spezza has agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension.

Spezza currently comes with a $7 million annual cap hit, so he's only getting a minor increase. That seems pretty reasonable for a center that can average close to a point-per-game. Given that Spezza is 31 years old, the fact that the Stars were able to limit the deal to four years is to their benefit as well. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are both tied to $5.75 million and $5.25 million cap hits respectively, so Dallas will be able to comfortably keep the trio on their roster for at least a few years.
Nov 21 - 10:24 AM

Jason Spezza declined to comment on a report that he's close to working out a contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

In fairness to him the question was asked after the team lost to Carolina by a score of 6-4, so he probably wasn't in the right mood. Dallas GM Jim Nill provided some information when he said, "We are having discussions, but I won't go any further than that." Spezza can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. He has three goals and 17 points in 19 games this season with the Stars.
Nov 19 - 12:12 PM

Jason Spezza is getting close to a multi-year extension with the Dallas Stars.

Spezza has three goals and 16 points in 18 games this season. He currently comes with a $7 million annual cap hit and it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up getting a raise.
Nov 18 - 6:18 PM

Jason Spezza scored his first goal in eight games in Dallas’ 2-0 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Spezza has 15 points in 16 games this season, but he’s only managed to score three goals. Spezza has always been more of a playmaking center, but fantasy owners probably expected him to score a little bit more. If he stays healthy, the 31-year-old should surpass the 60-point mark. Ryan Garbutt also scored for Dallas.
Nov 14 - 1:11 AM

The Dallas Stars would reportedly like to begin contract negotiations with Jason Spezza at some point over the next few weeks.

Spezza is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Stars acquired him from Ottawa prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign and so far he's lived up to expectations. He has two goals and 12 points in 11 games with Dallas.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 4 - 6:55 PM

Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin each had two-point nights, however the Stars fell to the Islanders on Saturday 4-2.

Both players recorded a goal and an assist. Spezza, Seguin and Jamie Benn (assist) finished a combined minus-11 on the night. Spezza has been just what the doctor ordered in Dallas, with 11 points in eight games. As long as he plays with a combination (or all three) of Seguin and Benn, it might not be outlandish to predict a 90-point season this year. Shawn Horcoff and Antoine Roussel potted the other markers. Alex Goligoski had two assists.
Oct 25 - 10:13 PM

Jason Spezza will once again center Dallas' top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who has shifted to right wing.

This has the makings of one of the NHL's best lines. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in four consecutive contests. The balance of the Stars' lines will look like this against the Islanders Saturday: Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt; Patrick Eaves-Vernon Fiddler-Ales Hemsky and Erik Cole-Shawn Horcoff-Colton Sceviour. Hemsky is the big loser out of this alignment, although he did look great taking a game-high eight shots Friday night against New Jersey.
Oct 25 - 1:59 PM

Jason Spezza continued his scoring ways in Friday night's 3-2 win in New Jersey.

Spez notched his eighth assist of the season when he helped create a turnover behind the Devils net with Tyler Seguin, who'd dish it to Jamie Benn for the easy tap-in. He'd later dangle one past Cory Schneider in the shootout as well. Spez also won half of his faceoffs in over 22:03 of ice time.
Oct 24 - 11:36 PM

Jason Spezza will play alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on Tuesday.

The trio excelled on Saturday, so coach Lindy Ruff decided to keep them together. It's no surprise that Spezza, Benn, and Seguin would shine together as they're three of the league's top players. However, by keeping that line intact, Ruff is significantly hurting the team's ability to put out two strong lines, so it wouldn't surprise us if Spezza eventually goes back to centering the second unit.
Oct 21 - 12:23 PM

Jason Spezza fueled the Stars’ offense with four points, but they weren’t enough in the 6-5 overtime loss to the Flyers on Saturday night.

Spezza scored and assisted three times, to give himself six points over his last two games. In such a high-powered offense, Spezza should return to the point-per-game mark and will be a very valuable fantasy player this season. Tyler Seguin picked up four assists and two penalty minutes. Trevor Daley had two goals, while Jamie Benn and Erik Cole registered the others. Daley’s penalty in overtime was the back-breaker, as the Flyers scored 40 seconds later.
Oct 19 - 12:03 AM

Jason Spezza tallied his first point as a Dallas Star in Thursday night's 3-2 season opening shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Spezza and fellow newcomer Ales Hemsky set up Trevor Daley for his first goal of the season. Spezza missed his attempt in the shootout, as the Stars' scorers were stymied by a fantastic performance from Corey Crawford on the evening.
Oct 10 - 1:36 AM

Jason Spezza is liking his new role on the Stars early into training camp.

"My role is a little different than it was in Ottawa, and I can just find my way here and help some young guys out," he said. "It's definitely a change, but it's something I'm embracing." He skated with Ales Hemsky and Antoine Roussel during Sunday's scrimmage. Spezza is projected to play in Monday's preseason match against St. Louis.
Sep 22 - 4:16 PM

Jason Spezza may occupy the point on the Dallas power play.

He likes to play on the left half wall, which could create a conflict with Tyler Seguin, who generally likes to set up in the left circle for one-timers. The Stars will do some experimenting during training camp and in the preseason, but a decision might be made to move Spezza and some other players to the second unit to give Dallas a pair of good combinations.
Sep 15 - 1:09 PM

Jason Spezza credited Stars GM Jim Nill for his work in making Dallas an attractive team to play for.

Spezza wanted Ottawa to trade him, but he had veto powers and exercised it on a potential deal involving Nashville, so at the end of the day, it's clear that the Stars are a team he likes. "The young core they have with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Kari Lehtonen in net, and there’s a lot of good pieces and I felt that it was a team that if they were interested in having me, it would be a fit for me," Spezza said. "I think to add the offensive depth would help the team and get us moving forward in the right direction." Spezza will represent a big part of that offensive depth as the team's second-line center.
Sep 5 - 8:33 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Travis Morin
LW1Jamie Benn
2Erik Cole
3Antoine Roussel
4Shawn Horcoff
5Travis Moen
6Curtis McKenzie
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Ryan Garbutt
4Colton Sceviour
5Patrick Eaves
6Rich Peverley
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3Jason Demers
4Jordie Benn
5Patrik Nemeth
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Jamie Oleksiak
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Anders Lindback