The Ottawa Senators made a push for the postseason last year but their efforts went nowhere and they are now facing an offseason in which they could be forced into a rebuilding mode. With trade deadline acquisition Ales Hemsky unlikely to re-sign, the Sens are fielding trade offers for embattled center Jason Spezza, who has expressed a desire to get as far away from Ottawa as possible.
Spezza wants nothing to do with Canadian hockey in general, as he’s listed ten teams he will not re-sign with if traded there and all six Canadian teams are on his list. That hasn’t stopped the Calgary Flames from making an effort to acquire Spezza, even if it ends up he doesn’t want anything to do with them.
According to the Ottawa Sun the Calgary Flames have reportedly made an offer to trade for Jason Spezza, but a deal is unlikely to ever happen.
League sources say the Calgary Flames have made a pitch to the Senators for their top centre but what they’re offering and the destination itself make the chances of a deal happening slim.
Spezza will want to go to a contender but he’s not the only veteran skater who is on the block. The San Jose Sharks are shopping Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton while the Vancouver Canucks are trying to find out what the future holds for Ryan Kessler.
Canada isn’t the place Spezza wants to continue his hockey career — although he may have a change of heart about Montreal — but the Flames are making a bold statement by reaching out to try and trade for Spezza which may give insight into where they’ll be looking this offseason when it comes to making improvements to the roster.