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Will Jason Spezza still be a member of the Ottawa Senators on August 1st?
Will Bryan Murray still be talking to the media, bemoaning the fact Spezza won't waive his no-trade clause, the one Murray signed him to, come August 1st?
If I could place a wager on Spezza staying or going, I would say he will be with the Senators in another month.
Teams know Murray has his back to the wall and offers for Spezza may continue to be less than what Murray wants in return.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
In the Senators perfect world, Spezza would have been dealt at the NHL draft for a package of players and prospects that the organization could sell as the next stage for the franchise. But when a possible deal with Nashville fell through because the Predators were on Spezza’s 10-team no trade list, the Senators are in limbo.
As a result, there’s plenty of uncertainty about the normal free agency decisions on what holes need to be filled, how wide owner Eugene Melnyk is willing to open his wallet and how to proceed with players who have one year remaining on their contracts.
That latter group includes Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson. After Spezza’s wish for a trade – the speculation is he made the request after failing to receive a commitment the team was willing to spend more freely in in pursuit of the Stanley Cup – those four are watching closely to see the next direction of the franchise.
“I don’t know, and that’s the problem,” Murray acknowledged, when asked about whether Spezza’s situation will effect his free agency options. “Always part of your decision is what can you spend and where does it fit and what do you get in return for a certain player.
“If you don’t know that, it’s harder.”
added 5:14pm, from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“I don’t get it. When you talk about winning and losing, I know you want to go to a team to win a Cup, but we’re as committed as anybody. Who knows, maybe we’re closer than anybody thinks."
“You have to sell your team all the time. But there are teams that are national TV or major markets. I get that. But what we have on the ice, what we have off the ice, no state taxes. There’s a lot of advantage to playing in Nashville. But you can ask Peter Forsberg what he thought about Nashville, or Paul Kariya, just to drop a few names of players who might be going to the Hall of Fame."
“I get it. That’s the way the world is right now. There’s a lot of entitlement."
-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators on Jason Spezza not wanting to play in Nashville. More from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy.
I wonder how many deals Bryan Murray turned down because he did not like the suggested trade?
Spezza has a right to say no to certain teams, just like Murray has a right to turn down trades.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators want to use their off-season to sell season tickets and if they don’t get a deal done for Spezza while teams are engaged in the process this could be another summer-long saga.
“The player has signed a contract. I would suspect that there will be further conversations,” said Murray.
“This is not a deadline by any means. We don’t start hockey until mid-September.
“We have a number of things that could happen. It’s just a matter of having conversations with the right people. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t we have a really good player on our team.”
This doesn’t mean a deal is dead by any means, however, Murray is willing to be patient to get what he wants that wasn’t on the table here.
Kesler is the best player available in Philadelphia, a point driven home every time you hear someone suggest Jason Spezza is a backup plan.
The idea of Spezza leading a Western Conference team through the playoffs is laughable, which is probably why both Chicago and Anaheim have continued to pursue Kesler.
-Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks trying to trade Ryan Kesler.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
One thing in l’Affaire Jason Spezza that has become clear is that Spezza is no Dany Heatley. What isn’t so clear is whether or not Spezza actually asked for a trade out of Ottawa. Senators GM Bryan Murray maintains that Spezza did, those close to the player say that isn’t exactly the case.
According to sources close to Spezza, the scenario went down a little differently than it’s being portrayed. In his exit interview with Murray, Spezza laid his cards on the table. He told Murray that if the Senators were intent on a quick rebuild and were in the acquisition mode in terms of bringing in top-end talent, he wanted to be a part of it. But if the plan was to tear down the roster and rebuild the team with young players and draft picks, it might be best for the organization to maximize his value now and that he would not stand in the way of a deal involving him, provided it was not to one of the 10 teams in his modified no-trade clause.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray spoke with the media this morning and updated them on all things Sens, including Jason Spezza.
Watch 10 minutes of Bryan Murray below...
While we wait for the NHL talk to pick up, I would like to ask you two questions.
Where will Jason Spezza end up?
The same question on Ryan Kesler, what team will trade for Kesler or will he remain in Vancouver?
Regarding Spezza, supposedly he has listed some teams he will not accept a trade to. They include teams located in Canada, the Panthers, Blue Jackets and maybe a few more.
Kesler also has a list of teams he doesn't want to be traded to.
Since both players can somewhat control their destiny, it does make it more difficult to trade but I believe both will be moved.
How about you?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
One Canadian team has reached out to try to get Senators' captain Jason Spezza.
He likely doesn't want to go there.
League sources say the Calgary Flames have made a pitch to the Senators for their top centre but what they're offering and the destination itself make the chances of a deal happening slim.
While Flames' GM Brad Treliving deserves credit for trying to make a splash and rebuild, sources say Spezza has no desire whatsoever to stay in Canada and has told the Senators as much.
Sources say the Flames, Canucks, Oilers and Jets are among those on Spezza's list of 10 teams where he doesn't want to end up. The status of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens isn't known but he wouldn't be dealt to either of those places.
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