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Spezza asks for trade out of Ottawa

Jun 11, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT

Jason Spezza AP

Ottawa Senators captain Jason Spezza‘s name pops up in trade rumors pretty regularly these days, but it sounds like he might have given his team the go-ahead to move him this summer. At least, that’s what Senators GM Bryan Murray is saying.

Murray confirmed on Wednesday that Spezza asked for a trade, even if it sounds like he doesn’t want to move the talented playmaker.

“There are a few teams that have asked me about him, what the cost is. I suggested at least we’ll have discussions,” Murray said. “I don’t want to trade the guy, really, and I know I won’t get the value, in all likelihood that I should get for him. But I think that Jason feels maybe there’s a change that he would like to have happen, and if that’s the case we’ll try to do what we can.”

If a trade happens, it might take a while. Murray said that a move isn’t likely to happen for a “few weeks.” Beyond that, Murray made it pretty clear that the Senators would prefer to trade him out of the Atlantic Division, if not out of the Eastern Conference altogether.

There has been plenty of speculation about the 30-year-old being moved, yet this is the first time the team or player have acknowledged them as true.

Murray shot down rumors around the trade deadline in March, yet Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thrust Spezza’s name back into the rumor mill in April after the season was over. A little less than a month ago, there were rumblings about the St. Louis Blues being high on the list of teams he’d be interested in joining via a trade.

If you want more details, it appears that Spezza feels as if he’s too often a scapegoat in Ottawa.

Spezza experienced a frustrating 2013-14 season despite scoring 23 goals and 66 points in 75 games.

With a reported maximum of five teams interested and only as many as three showing “serious” interest, it’s understandable that Murray is worried about getting proper value for Spezza.

  1. tronn25 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    I hear the Sharks are looking for more over-promising, under-achieving, choke artists to add to their squad…

    • hosewater2 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      How can I give you 10 thumbs up?

    • skr213 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Your mom’s an over-promising, under-achiev … ah, nevermind, I can’t keep defending my Sharks from comments like these. Well deserved at this point.

  2. 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Things not going well in Ottawa

  3. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Hey if love to have him in jersey

  4. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM


  5. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    I find quite perplexing how for a supposedly strong Canadian market why Ottawa can’t spend more they appear to be the only franchise in Canada that struggles with spending.

    • desertfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Broke Owner!!

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Didn’t the new version of the Sens go bankrupt before they even played a game way back when?

    • withseidelinn - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      The Senators’ arena is in an absolutely brutal location. It’s not even close to downtown Ottawa, and fans have to make a pretty decent trek to get out to games. It has a negative effect on attendance. That, and an owner who isn’t necessarily prepared to spend to the cap ceiling. I personally think this triggers the start of a rebuild in Ottawa.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Yup yup. Also the people that live in Ottawa and can afford to spend the necessary money are born-and-raised Leafs (or any other Canadian team) fans. Government city without a downtown arena is an obvious quagmire for the NHL.

    • uscthom78 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      Half of their budget is earmarked for CSIs…thats why they won’t spend more money making their team better.

  6. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Joe michelletti how do you think lundqvist has played this post season? “I think he’s played great” meanwhile he has a .892 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average. If this were fleury in net my god could you imagine the backlash?

  7. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Bobby Ryan must be pissed.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Well I think Bobby Ryan is well aware that his Ottawa days are numbered as well… especially if Spezza is gone. I know it’s all been hearsay but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Ryan leave after next season and sign on to play next to Claude Giroux. And believe me, that’s not just wishful thinking, I’m not a big Ryan fan. But the Flyers brass seems to be.

  8. tapefolie - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    We’ll trade Morris for him……Go Yotes howelll

  9. jpat2424 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    If he goes to St. Louis he better be ready for another first round exit.

  10. calden99 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I would like him with the pens.

    • steelcity333 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      How about NO!!

  11. dubblelznhell - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    What a girl. Can’t handle being the face of the franchise. Can’t stop reading newspapers and watching sports highlights and commentaries and he catches hurt feelings whenever he gets his criticisms. Good. Go. Players like you are too soft to play in Canada. Bum…

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Misogyny much?

  12. khmerson562 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Want to win come to Los Angeles. Spezza for mike Richard.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      For mike Richards and what? Spezza is worth a ton on the market and is still close to a PPG player while Richards will most likely be bought out due to lack of production and a bad contract, the majority of teams wouldn’t even take Richards for free w/ his contract

  13. desertfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Spezza and Ott #1 to VCR for Kesler!

    • bigtganks - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Kesler doesn’t’ want to go to Ottawa unfortunately…

  14. slawler1323 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Spezza will never be a #1 center in the NHL again. That being said, I’d love to see him center the B’s 3rd line. Chris Kelly is a bum and and a scoring center who can actually pass is all it needs to be one of the best 3rd lines in the league.

    • matt14gg - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      No chance Ottawa trades him to the B’s. He’s going west.

      • slawler1323 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Hes a free agent after next season.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Ottawa does trade with Boston. Chris Kelly… and Phillips probably would have landed in Boston if they couldn’t extend him.

        Chiarelli came from Ottawa.

        They would probably have to pay more than other teams, but they deal within the division (unfortunately for them (coughBISHOPcough)).

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      He may no longer be elite but he’s hardly on Chris Kelly’s level and would not be the right fit on the 3rd line. The guy put up 66pts in a down year… that doesn’t scream “third line”, especially when he’ll make $7 million next year. Spezza, if dealt, will go to a team that feels it’s one player away from being a true contender or another who wants to reach the cap floor. There are far better options than the Bruins out there.

      • slawler1323 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        If your saying Kelly is a better center than Spezza your out of your mind. Kelly scored 4 goals last year in the regular season. 4! He has no passing capability to speak of and hes been injured for a big chunk of the past 2 seasons with a cap hit of 4.5 mil a year. FYI Loui Erickson is a 70 PPY player and Soderberg had 40+ this year as a rookie. Spezza would dominate with them :)

      • 19to77 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        Uh, no. He’s saying that Spezza’s way above the level of a third-line grinder and would never go to a team where he’s going to be used as such. Besides, the Bruins are going to be shedding contracts this year to stay under the salary cap. Thornton, Kelly and Marchand are all tying down more of the cap than their play justifies. Boston’s not going out and picking up a $7m cap hit for centre depth they don’t need.

      • 19to77 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        Also, his cap hit is $3m per year and he had 9 goals in the 2013-14 season. What the hell are you even talking about? Do you know which player Chris Kelly is?

      • slawler1323 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        First off, your right about his 3mil cap hit. My mistake. 2nd, “last year in the regular season” meens not this year. As in not this years season. As in the 2012-2013 season when he scored 4 goals, asshole. 3rd, I was talking about free agency, his contract is up after next season when he surely wont be commanding 7mil a year. 4th, Spezza has proven he cant handle the pressure as a first line center, and we have a previously 1st line winger in Erickkson and a 40 goal scorer from the SEL in Soderberg on our 3rd line. Hardly grinders. Spezza plays there style and is good friends with Loui. Your an idiot, go kill yourself. :)

      • pepper2011 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        @slawler – please disown yourself as a Bruins fan. You are making us look really bad. Like really bad.

        A) reading comprehension is key.

        B) The last paragraph you wrote that starts; “first off” was one of the most awfully written things I have ever seen. Do YOU know what that MEENS?!? This past season (or LAST season) – as in this year is over. The Bruins will begin next season in 2014 as well – it’s like magic.

        C) You might be right about 7m being a bit too much, but he’ll surely get 5.5m+.

        D) If he ends up with Kessel and JVR on his wings. He will get 7m again because he will be putting up 80+ points, again.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        I am also curious as to where you came up with this Spezza and Loui are good friends thing?

        You just make stuff up.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        Thank you 19to77 for helping to clarify, I thought it would be clear to all that I meant Spezza is in another stratosphere, but I guess not.

        As for slawler- of course a 3rd line of Eriksson-Spezza-Soderberg would be a dream for Bruins fans, but it’s just that, a fantasy. I’d love to Evgeni Malkin as the Flyers 3rd line center but there’s something called the salary cap (and we live in the real world where division rivals don’t usually exchange star players). Boston needs to use their limited cap space on either resigning Iginla or finding a suitable replacement, not dreaming of acquiring a(n) (sometimes) elite center from a rival to make a pretty 3rd line. Sure it’d be nice for the Bruins to add another star like Spezza but they need to work on realistic things like keeping that championship caliber core together before Chara runs out of time.

    • 19to77 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Yeah, and I’m sure Evgeni Malkin would make their fourth line look fantastic too. Fortunately, over here in the real world we have this thing called a “salary cap” that means we don’t have to take these “wouldn’t it be great if” fantasies seriously.

    • 311sucks - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      yo that third line pretty much already is one of the best third lines in the league. eriksson, soderberg, and fraser/kelly? that’s a luxury, man.

    • pepper2011 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Yeah- what are you talking about?

      He had 3 less points than Krejci. He was hurt for the shortened season (5 pts/5games) and put of 84 points the season before that.

      He is a number one center. He has had virtually nothing around him for years – if you playing Ottawa you were matching your Top d against his line, not the Bobby Butler or Colin Greening line.

      There hasn’t been a lot of depth on the Sens recently, and he is still a point a game player.

      Also – much rather have Soderberg at 3-4m as the 3rd line center than Spezza at 7m.

      Kelly needs to go, you are right about that. I am not sure if you watched the playoffs, but that was the best line the Bruins had. Soderberg is a BEAST at center. What the Bruins need are wingers that can score. They have a TON of depth at center.

      Kelly, Campbell need to go and let Spooner, Paille and Fraser/Kohk/Camara/Florek run the 4th.

      They need a Top 6 winger – preferably top 3. If he’d play RW with Krejci and Lucic – that would be great, and slide Iginla back to the 3rd line.

      He is easily a top 6 forward.

  15. spezzdispenser - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Noooo!! I now welcome your suggestions for new posting name.

    • beergold - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      harpersdingleberry? You like?

  16. flyboystransport - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Lack of desire. Any player that is a warrior or a leader should want that burden….that’s what gets you 7+ million a year. Can you say Alexander Daigle?

    • spezzdispenser - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      he’s nowhere near Daigle. not even close. terrible comparison.

  17. lordfletcher - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Let’s go Fletcher… Either big Joe or Spezza are available… time to move Koivu for a better center.

    • 19cbd87 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:30 AM


  18. 19inarow - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    So all three members of one of the most dominant lines of the decade — Heatley, Alfredsson, and Spezza — eventually asked to be traded out of Ottawa.

  19. stonebullet - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM


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  20. President Charles Logan - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    over rated

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