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Will Spezza Stay In Ottawa?

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Does Jason Spezza want to be traded?

That was the question posed to the Ottawa Senators forward on Thursday after reports had surfaced that he was unhappy with his current hockey team. Spezza, who was booed by Ottawa fans at the end of this season, has five more years remaining on a US$7-million annual contract.

But the 26-year-old said the decision is not up to him.

“I don’t have a no-trade now, so if they trade you, then you get traded,” Spezza said at a charity event in Toronto. “If not, obviously I’ve spent some time there so I’m happy to be there and we’re looking forward to the future.”

When asked again if he wanted to go back to Ottawa, Spezza responded: “Yeah.”

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added 2:58pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Here is everything you need to know about the Jason Spezza situation in Ottawa.

The Senators, in a perfect world and for the right price, would not be opposed to trading Spezza, although that won’t be easily done with another five years left with a cap hit of $7 million per year on his contract and with Spezza coming off a sub-par playoff performance.

Spezza, all things being equal, would likely appreciate a fresh start, somewhere where he’s not the poster boy for playoff failure or the guy who gets booed every time he turns over the puck.

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