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Sens GM shoots down Spezza trade rumors

Mar 3, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

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Bryan Murray has quieted the Jason Spezza rumblings.

“I think the thing that really bothers me — I’ve got all kinds of calls and texts and questions on that now — some guy that I don’t know, put it out on Twitter that we’re shopping Jason Spezza, and everybody in the world now, every other media guy, grabs that and goes … I had one guy ask me if I wanted to comment to quiet the rumors, I said no,” Murray explained, per the Ottawa Citizen.

“I’m not going to … the more I say about it, the more it’s going to be played over and over the next couple days, so I’ll just say that we have not talked, at this point in time, about Jason Spezza.”

Murray was speaking in response to a variety of reports — including one from TSN’s Darren Dreger — which suggested Ottawa had been exploring interest in the 30-year-old.

Spezza, who inherited the Sens’ captaincy from Daniel Alfredsson this year, has rebounded from an injury-plagued ’13 campaign to post solid numbers (15 goals, 46 points in 56 games.) He’d be a significant offensive pickup for any playoff-bound team but, that said, his minus-24 rating is one of the worst in the league — assuming you care about plus-minus.

Spezza deal or no Spezza deal, Ottawa is definitely a team to watch as Wednesday’s deadline draws near. Veteran d-man Chris Phillips is a pending UFA and there hasn’t been much to report about a new contract, while fellow veteran UFAs Milan Michalek and Joe Corvo have uncertain futures as well.

It’s also still unclear what the Sens plan to do at the deadline — they’re right in the thick of the playoff chase, but would have to leapfrog three teams just to get into the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

  1. trbowman - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    I almost forgot they even have Joe Corvo. Guy’s been in the press box a million straight games for a reason.

    I’d keep both of those guys if you’re Ottawa. You’re still battling for a playoff spot this year and even if they don’t make it, they’ll be in win now mode again next year.

    Don’t count the Senators out…it seems this team is at its best when nobody gives them a shot, as was the case two years ago.

    • trbowman - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Nobody gave them a shot the last two years, I mean.

  2. spezzdispenser - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    There are Spezza trade rumours every year… he’s not going anywhere

    • c9castine - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      yeah thats what i was thinking. first of all Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal all have reporters who like to make crap up. Toronto especially. And any team that is on the bubble or worse that has a long tenured star player, there will be “rumors”.

  3. lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    They won’t trade him after losing Alfie this year too, unless they were going into an absolute rebuild, but that’s not a good idea. They should hang onto him even if he could fetch a really nice return, and they will. If I were them I’d ship out Michalek and Phillips (and MAYBE Anderson), and get some prospects or players who can make a solid impact next year. They have a good core to build around with Spezza, Karlsson, Turris, and Lehner. I still think they can be a playoff team after surprising in years past.

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    How about a rumor saying that Ottawa is looking for someone to play with Speeza.
    I think Ottawa has dissed their new Captain this season.

    • c9castine - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      this season, last season. they are all the same to eugene melnyk and bryan murray.

  5. penvik - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Melnyk is hilarious, worst owner in the NHL. I think he still has an ongoing private investigation into the Cooke/Karlsson incident from last year lololol!!
    The smartest thing the Senators could do is trade Spezza. Glad they’re not Ha ha, thanks again Eugene, the rest of the east approves.
    Ottawa is the benchmark this decade for making all the wrong moves. Can you believe they had Chara, Hossa, Redden, Havlat, Alfredsson, Etc.

    And they lost them all for nothing really, don’t say Heatley either because Hossa is twice the player Heatley is. Redden in favor of losing Chara, WTF??
    Senators were given a dynasty in a silver platter and messed it up.

    • c9castine - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      i don’t know why you got a thumbs down…only thing you said i disagree with is that it would be smart to trade jason spezza especially after you go on to trash them for letting all those good players go.

      its true though. Ottawa has let more top notch quality players walk out the door than most teams. At least they traded Heatley at the right time.

  6. hosewater2 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    No way he’s getting traded, even though it might be a great hockey move. Way too much political fallout last year when they let Alfie leave, even though I think that was a fantastic decision from a hockey perspective only.

    • c9castine - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      wasn’t even that. i realize what you mean is that he is older now, not as good, not worth all the money.

      but surely you could have kept your team structure, your credibility in tact and a still productive player and the guy who basically was the ottawa senators for a price that you could live with for a year or two.

      ottawa had a solid team last year and they have struggled to find their identity and structure without Alfie at times.

  7. 19to77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    If I’m Ottawa, I’m willing to move Anderson or Phillips, possibly Methot as well given how they can’t seem to decide if he’s top-four or a healthy scratch any given night this season. But not Spezza. They don’t have a solid top six centre candidate to replace him, so it’s the same issue as the theoretical Kesler trade.

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