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by Paul on 06/12/14 at 08:35 AM ET
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the National Post,
Jason Spezza has requested a trade, and Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray says he’ll try to make that happen.
“I don’t want to trade the guy, really, and I know I won’t get the value, in all likelihood that I should get for him,” Murray said Wednesday after the NHL general managers meeting. “But I think that Jason feels maybe there’s a change that he would like to have happen, and if that’s the case we’ll try to do what we can.”...
Murray said that a few teams have already asked about Spezza, even though Wednesday’s meeting was too busy to advance many talks. He expects trade chatter to pick up in the next few weeks leading up to the draft, which runs June 27 and 28 in Philadelphia.
If the Senators do trade Spezza as has been speculated for some time, it would likely not be for just prospects and/or draft picks.
“Obviously I’d like to win a hockey game next year, so getting a player back that can play in the league, that has played in the league, would be important,” Murray said.
a bit more plus some talk from Dale Tallon and David Poile...
added 9:55am, from Ian Mendes of TSN,
In the next few days, you will likely read a ton of internet comments suggesting that Spezza never really embraced Ottawa. And that if he can't stand the pressure of playing Ottawa, he shouldn't let the door hit him on the way out.
From my perspective, though, Spezza handled the pressure in this market as well as he could have. He was made the scapegoat on many nights when the team lost. And when he was the star in a Senators victory, too often the sentiment was, "why can't he do that every night?"...
We can debate whether the media or the fans pushed another star out of town in Ottawa - although this one feels a little different than the forced departures for guys like Dany Heatley and Alexei Yashin. Daniel Alfredsson's exit last summer was a punch in the stomach that nobody saw coming. Spezza's imminent departure, on the other hand, is more like a gradual erosion; something that was inevitable.
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