The Ottawa Senators have some decisions to make this offseason and one of their primary decisions will be what to do with center Jason Spezza. It’s sounding like a trade is almost certainty going to happen at some point and the latest news out of Ottawa seems to suggest as much.
Jason Spezza has reportedly given the Ottawa Senators a list of ten franchises he refuses to join. It’s common knowledge at this point that Spezza has requested to be traded, however Renaud Lavoie announced a modification to his no trade clause via Twitter.
Jason Spezza have a modified no trade clause in his contract. He gave the Senators a list of 10 teams where he doesn’t want to be traded.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 12, 2014
The list of team teams is unknown, so those curious will have to do some speculating to figure it out.
This all stems off of an announcement Wednesday that Spezza had asked the franchise to be traded. He is adamant about leaving and there doesn’t seem to be any hope that the team will be able to work anything out to keep him.
Part of his reasoning may be that his entire 11 years with the NHL has been with the Senators. It is definitely time for a new endeavor, especially if he is unhappy being a part of the team.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray has already stated that a few teams are interested in Spezza.
“There are a few teams that have asked me about him, what the cost is. I suggested at least we’ll have discussions,” Murray said. “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. 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.”
Spezza was the second overall pick of the Senators in the 2001 draft. With Spezza leaving, this will the be second consecutive summer that a captain has left the team.
The future of both the Senators and Spezza are currently unknown.