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by Paul on 02/11/11 at 03:05 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Of greater interest, however, is the status of Jason Spezza, he of the $7-million annual cap hit and the no-trade clause. Spezza’s contract makes a deal problematic, and not necessarily just because of the dollars that he is owed. (For the record, it’s four more years after this one, with the next two at $8-million, and then the third year at $5-million and the final year at $4-million. In terms of actual dollars out, it adds up to about $3-million less than the overall cap hit on a contract that was front-loaded just like Dany Heatley’s.) Some teams - put the Los Angeles Kings at the top of the list - can afford to take on that sort of money, especially as the dollars dwindle down in the years ahead. The larger problem is Spezza’s ongoing health issues. He’s just back in the lineup after missing five weeks recovering from a separated shoulder.
Spezza was also absent for 22 games last year because of groin problems. In the six years since the lockout ended, he’s only played a full season once - 2008-09.
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