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Spezza to the Blues?

May 13, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Senators 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

We only ask, because according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest, the St. Louis Blues are high on Jason Spezza‘s list of allowable trade destinations.

Per CapGeek, Spezza has a modified no-trade clause where he can submit to the Senators a list of teams to which he’s willing to be dealt. The 30-year-old center has one season remaining on his front-loaded contract — with a cap hit of $7 million, but a salary of just $4 million in 2014-15 — before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

The Blues do make sense as a potential trade partner, given their offensive struggles against the Blackhawks in the playoffs, plus the fact play-making center Derek Roy is a pending UFA and didn’t seem to be a great fit in St. Louis anyway.

That said, general manager Doug Armstrong made it clear after his team’s disappointing first-round exit that he wasn’t keen on “robbing Peter to pay Paul” in a trade, and that he didn’t think there was “a 31-year-old or 32-year-old veteran player that’s going to come in here and reinvent the wheel for the St. Louis Blues.”

Which doesn’t sound like a GM that’s ready to give up a ton for a veteran like Spezza, and that’s without even mentioning Spezza’s lengthy injury history.

PS — If you’re wondering where all this Spezza trade speculation came from…

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - May 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Spezza to wings and play with alfie!

  2. lowenni - May 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    I don’t know if it will happen, but Spezza on the Blues would definitely help some of their offensive struggles in the postseason. They lack an elite player on offense who can take over a game, and Spezza has played that role in his career (but I don’t know if he is anymore). The Blues sending one of their many defenseman the other way would also help out the Sens. The Blues do have the depth to pull off this trade but I don’t know if Spezza is the answer assuming they’d have to give up a fair amount.

    • areaman714 - May 13, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Maybe not the answer, but a step in the right direction if the price isn’t too steep. I am guessing the Sens would want a play now defenseman and a good prospect.

  3. pjblake2redwings - May 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Pro Hockey Talk writers must be super bored to make up random trades they think will happen this off season.

    • Jason Brough - May 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Brunner for Letestu. Thoughts?

      • govtminion - May 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM


      • killerpgh - May 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        It’s a little outdated, but it works good for generating trades and is as reliable as Eklund. And now you can put a “source” behind it.

      • imleftcoast - May 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Sidney Crosby for Tom Sestito. Thoughts?

      • guitarhunterdude - May 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        That Eklund simulator is pretty sweet, even if it’s not all that accurate as far as players/locations anymore. My favorite so far:

        Hejduk to Leafs? (e5)

        According to my sources within the Colorado Avalanche organization, the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to part with D Tomas Kaberle and a Gary Bettman bobblehead to obtain the services of RW Milan Hejduk. Remember, you heard it here first!

    • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Can you read? “according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest, the St. Louis Blues are high on Jason Spezza‘s list of allowable trade destinations.”

  4. thefutureofoil - May 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Spezza has a lot of Joe Thornton in him. A magician. Disappears in important games…

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - May 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I’ll trade Crosby for a dishwasher

    • 19to77 - May 13, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      I’ll take that deal. If nothing else, Crosby will sell more jerseys. Turns out marketing a dishwasher to hockey fans is remarkably difficult.

  6. joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Spezza to Philly? They could use some depth at center, but, do the Flyers have the assets to make this trade?

    • 19to77 - May 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Adding more overpriced one-way offensive forwards isn’t going to solve much for a team whose biggest weakness is a patchwork, underwhelming defense. They’ve got a solid goalie in Steve Mason and finished with the 8th-most goals scored in the League. They don’t need more firepower, they need to figure out how to keep the puck out of their net.

  7. President Charles Logan - May 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    spezza = one way over rated lazy player

  8. hieronymous27 - May 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Toronto would have to be willing to eat a large portion of the money left on Phaneuf’s contract in order to pull off a trade. If it wasn’t for the fact that he is Captain of the Maple Leafs and is married to a celebrity hottie no one would even be paying attention to this guy. He makes poor decisions as a D-man and is a defensive liability to his team.

  9. earpaniac - May 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Spezza will not fix the Blues’ problem.

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