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Spezza will make basically nothing playing in Switzerland

Sep 21, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators shoots the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on January 16, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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For some players, playing in Europe isn’t about making back a portion of the money they’d lose if this lockout drags on. Case and point: Jason Spezza is basically working for free by agreeing to join Rapperswil-Jona Lakers in Switzerland based on an Ottawa Sun report.

Spezza’s insurance fees are reportedly $50,000 per month, which will essentially wipe out his earnings with the Lakers. Compare that to his NHL salary, which was supposed to be $8 million in 2012-13, according to Cap Geek.

“It’s more just about that I hope, when the season gets started, I can kind of hit the ground running and be feeling real good about my game, and then be ready to step in,” Spezza explained. “At this point, with exhibition games already cancelled, it’s probably going to be a shortened training camp. If I get a chance to play in some games, hopefully it will be an advantage for me.”

Spezza is tentatively expected to make his Lakers debut on Sept. 28 or 29.

  1. tsi4431 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Poor guy only $600k a year. How is he supposed to feed his children.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Just had to say it didn’t you.

      I don’t know if you were trying to be sarcastic or not, maybe just dry humor… but if you were being serious, (facepalm)!

      I am pretty sure risking your health for 50k a month when you are slatted to bring in around 8million, isn’t considered a fantastic deal. Just take the article for what it is and move on.

  2. lvshark22 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    He’s not even playing a full year (365 days) so he wont be making 600k. Its more like a couple months or until the lockout ends so anywhere from 50k-250k roughly

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    He has made enough in his career that he shouldn’t have any complications financially. Unfortunately, we have seen many athletes mismanage their funds. Hopefully Spezza isn’t one of them.

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