The NHL Draft has come and gone but the trade speculation that started to get kicked up during the event still seems to be longering. Most trades we thought were going to happen ended up getting made during the draft but there are still a few different players floating around the rumor mill who haven’t been dealt yet.
One player is Jason Spezza, who has been getting shopped per his own request by the Ottawa Senators but hasn’t yet been traded away. That was something we though might happen during the draft but now that the weekend has passed, Spezza remains on the trading block — hopefully for not much longer.
As ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun points out, the Dallas Stars not only had eyes on San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton during the draft but they were also looking at trade possibilities for Jason Spezza as well.
Stars GM Jim Nill said he’d like to add a piece or two to his forward group but did not divulge his specific targets. Sources suggest he’s talked to San Jose about Joe Thornton and also to Ottawa about Jason Spezza. What he found out is that Thornton at this point has no intention to waive his no-movement clause.
There was a rumored deal in place between the Nashville Predators and the Senators that would have seen Spezza head south but the deal never happened and Spezza remains on the block.
He will eventually get dealt, but the Senators have to lower their price first — something they’re willing to do — and it seems that a trade will come in the next few weeks.