Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray confirmed Wednesday that Jason Spezza, his captain and No. 1 center, has asked for a trade, and multiple teams have expressed interest in acquiring him.https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/476827382364397568
Murray says 4 to 5 teams interested in Spezza. Two or three serious. #NHL— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) June 11, 2014
Spezza is an elite offense player who consistently tallies 65-plus points per season when healthy. He posted 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 75 games this past season and hasn’t totaled fewer than 57 points in a single season since 2003-04.
Why does Spezza want out of Ottawa? The 30-year-old forward has never won a Stanley Cup, and unless several major changes are made to the Senators roster over the next few months, they will have no chance to win a championship next season. Spezza has tallied 52 points in 55 career playoff games, but he’s scored just four goals in his last 20 postseason contests.
Murray told me Spezza wants out because he's blamed too often when the club doesn't win. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) June 11, 2014
Acquiring Spezza won’t be cheap. Ottawa likely will ask for a similar package it gave up to get star winger Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks last summer, which was a first-round pick, a young NHL player and a prospect. Spezza also has a $7 million salary cap hit in his contract that expires after the 2014-15 season, per CapGeek. Any team interested in Spezza would only have him for one year unless he’s signed to an extension.
Three teams in dire need of a No. 2 center are the Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks.