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Spezza contemplates leaving Swiss league team

Nov 21, 2012, 1:00 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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Jason Spezza‘s future is up in the air.

That’s what the Ottawa Senators forward told a Swiss newspaper this week when asked what his plans are for the remainder of this season.

Spezza has been with Rapperswil-Jona of the National League A since mid-September and has fared well, scoring 17 points in 17 games — but was hesitant to commit to anything long-term.

“I have already informed the leaders of Hockey Canada that I was willing to participate in the Spengler Cup during the holiday season,” Spezza told Le Droit hockey writer Sylvain St-Laurent. “After that, we’ll see.”

The Spengler Cup runs from Dec. 26-31 in the Swiss city of Davos.

According to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Spezza is prepared to stay in Switzerland until Christmas but is also contemplating a return home whether the NHL lockout ends or not.

Spezza is not the only locked-out NHLer Rapperswil needs to worry about.

New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is also in the fold (and, for what it’s worth, so too are ex-NHLers David Aebischer, Derrick Walser, Robbie Earl, Peter Sejna and Juraj Kolnik.)

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