Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators has had an incredibly successful NHL career. Since the 2002-2003 season, Spezza has tallied 687 points in 686 games in the National Hockey League and with the Senators.
Coming off a very disappointing season, the Ottawa Senators are looking to make big changes. Recently, there have been many rumors swirling that the Sens are open to moving their captain this offseason.
If the Carolina Hurricanes can move a big contract (Eric Staal or Cam Ward), they would be financially able to bring in Spezza, who is entering the last year of his contract. He will be paid a reasonable $4 million in 2014-2015.
The Carolina Hurricanes could also move the 7th pick in this year’s draft in a deal for Spezza. The Senators don’t have a pick in the first round of the draft. It was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in the Bobby Ryan deal.
Eric Staal doesn’t work extremely well with Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin all the time. Eric Staal has been played in a playmaker’s role, but he is more of a scorer than a pure playmaker. Jason Spezza is an all out playmaker, just look at the 2005-2006 season where he picked up 71 assists. He tallied 50 assists in 2011-2012 and 43 in 2013-2014.
Jason Spezza will be 31-years-old when the upcoming season begins, which is not too old, but it isn’t young. That being said, he could work incredibly well with the likes of Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin who are natural scorers.
Spezza’s partial No Trade Clause could cause an issue, if it even got to that point. Jason Spezza has to make a list of 10 NHL teams that he does not want to be traded to. If the Carolina Hurricanes were to be on that list, he couldn’t be moved here.
A pure playmaker could be what the Carolina Hurricanes need. With so many goal scorers on the team, Jason Spezza could be the perfect player to distribute the puck to them.