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Spezza gives list of 10 teams he won’t accept a trade

Jun 12, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

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By now you know Jason Spezza‘s future will have him playing somewhere other than Ottawa next season. Where will he go? He’ll have a say in that to a degree.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports Spezza has given Senators GM Bryan Murray a list of 10 teams he won’t accept a trade to. Spezza has a modified no-movement clause in his contract that allows him to do that. As for who the 10 teams are, feel free to make your guesses.

It was reported on Wednesday Spezza asked the team to trade him and made it concrete that he was going to be moved. Rumors he would be traded started early in Ottawa’s offseason. Now that he’s got a list of teams he won’t accept a trade, it’s just a matter of time before the two part ways.

Spezza has played for the Senators his entire 11-year career. He was the second overall pick of the Sens in the 2001 draft. This will make the second consecutive summer a Senators captain will depart the team. Daniel Alfredsson did the same last summer via free agency. You may have heard a little bit about that.

  1. nelkow - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    What a douche haha

    • thomasvanek - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Are you stupid?

      • nelkow - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        lol I like spezza don’t get me wrong. But really? He does not have the leverage to say “hey guys, I wanna leave but f#ck you, don’t trade me to these teams” who does he think he is? Hes not THAT good.

      • jonnyhammersticks - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        He actually does have the leverage to say that because it’s in his contract; he has a modified no trade clause. This is actually a pretty routine thing for top players to have in their contracts, this happens all the time.

      • hockey412 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        What he means is that the 10 team list is part of his modified no trade clause that kicked in a few years back. Contractually he is to provide a list of 10 teams that he won’t accept a trade to. It’s very, very common.

    • nelkow - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      My apologizes I didn’t know it was a real thing. I thought he just put in a list lol

      • jonnyhammersticks - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Haha it’s kind of a ridiculous concept when you think about it that way, but it is in fact a real thing.

      • elrock7 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        A list is fine if in your contract, but not if you are the one demanding the trade. You want out, just go , no matter where!

      • bravesfan1966 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:40 AM

        Then READ the article and you won’t “think” such nonsense!!

      • jrcan13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        I guess you missed this

        “Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports Spezza has given Senators GM Bryan Murray a list of 10 teams he won’t accept a trade to. Spezza has a modified no-movement clause in his contract that allows him to do that. ”

        When ya think about it thats about an eighth of the article :/

    • c9castine - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      haha wow…really got ahead of yourself on that one didnt you?

    • missmuse1976 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      You do understand that his list of ten teams is 9 longer than what Martin St. Louis was demanding, right? This is how it’s done if a player wants a trade — give management options and wait until your season is over.

      • rsl22 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        It’s 10 teams he won’t accept a trade to, not that he will accept to.

        So it’s actually 18 teams longer than St. Louis gave Tampa.

    • thehockeyhawk - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Hey the Sens accepted the contract. If I had that in my CONTRACT I would do it too.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      What a jerk for wanting a say in where he will work in live for the next few years

  2. esracerx46 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Gonna be tough to move him with that salary. And it’s gonna be tough to eat some of the salary with the Sens current financial predicament. Can a team pay Spezza’s full salary but have Ottawa retain part of the cap hit?

    • dueman - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      It won’t be tough at all. The guy is a career point per game player, and he is only 30 years old. There will be a lot of teams interested in trading for him…

    • c9castine - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      what? 7 mil a year is the going rate for a PPG veteran center.

      i imagine murray will have no trouble moving him at all. like he said, he may not get full value back but thats really really hard to do with that type of player.

      mainly because Murray is trying to build this team up and thats his top center. he has to try to figure out how to replace that now.

    • elvispocomo - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      No, you can’t retain part of the cap but less of the salary (or vice versa). It has to be an equal percentage retained of both cap and salary.

    • cliffatola - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      He is in the last year of his contract.

  3. kastout11 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    He is not what he used to be. A team would be foolish to trade for him.

    • dueman - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I’d say his 66 points in 75 games, on a crappy team says that your comment is foolish. Put this guy on a team with some people that can put the puck in the net and watch what happens…

    • chief361 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      he’s not dany heatley. i’m sure a few teams will take a risk on a $7mm cap hit for one year.especially if the sens have trouble unloading him and have to take on some of his cap hit. add to that his $4mm actual salary which makes the $7mm just a number against the cap in actual dollars…

      • imgoingtowichita - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        You are right. He hasn’t killed anybody. He is still choosing to grab and twist the other 70yr old testicle that was left unharmed when manslaughter man poo pooed a trade to Edm and forced Ottawa’s hand in accepting the ever-scoring threat, Jonathan Cheechoo.
        It is in your contract that you can have a list but I think wise GM’s going forward will include a clause that if the player has requested the trade, that list is either non-existent or halved. That would allow the GM to try to get full (or at least as much as possible) value back.

  4. djshnooks - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I have a weird feeling if Tim Murray wants to start winning now, or at least try to…this is where that Chris Stewart trade starts to heat up again! Jason Spezza would allow Buffalo to reach the cap-floor, while dumping Ville Leino and bringing up some young kids who are ready for the NHL.

    Drew Stafford is of interest to Ottawa as well…and he is in the last year of his current contract. Which Buffalo would also need to replace to reach the cap-floor.

    I doubt it happens and I don’t want it to…but it is certainly a thought worth mentioning, given all the connections.

    And Buffalo is one of a few teams who could eat that salary either to keep him…or to get him and turn around to trade him for a draft pick and eat some salary for the other team, to get a better pick in return.

    • arrow43050 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      I would think there is a pretty good chance that Buffalo would be one of the 10 teams that he would not want to be traded to. The Rangers will be getting rid of Brad Richard’s $6.7 million per year contract and need a better 2nd line center so I think this might be a good match there. BTW there won’t be many teams that Spezza will accept trades to that have a lot of salary cap space. I am sure that all of the perennial cap-floor teams, which are all perennial losers, will be on his no trade list.

      • beergold - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Buffalo and Toronto are sure bets to be on his list of “not friggin ever!”

    • alicesrightfootesq - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Ottawa GM said he isn’t trading Spezza to a team they face often. So you can probably rule out the Sabres.

      • 19to77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        And the Rangers, for that matter.

    • grimm19 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Pretty sure Spezza does not want to go to a rebuilding team in Buffalo. He’s made it clear that he wants out of Ottawa to get a chance to win a Cup. Buffalo probably won’t even be playoff ready for a few years.

  5. erbaker67 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    With a 7 million cap hit, that will be tough but the guy can still produce. I think the only way he moves is if Ottawa retains a portion of his salary.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Remember the cap is going up… 7 million in two years is like a 5 million dollar contact now.

      Pretty soon, 3rd line guys will be getting paid top 6 money as you know it.

      If Kane and Toews want to get paid, they’ll fetch $9-10 per year on the open market.

      • chief361 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        just asking here cuz i forget and don’t wanna research it but isn’t the max term in the new cba 8 years $8 million? and in the very unlikely event that either kane or toews hits the open market, isn’t the max term a team that didn’t originally own their negotiating rights can offer 7 years?

  6. gbatap - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    He doesn’t want the pressure of a traditional hockey market and doesn’t want to be “the guy”. Where does that leave him? San Jose maybe? Caps? Wild? Stars? Ducks?

    • dueman - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      He never said that “he doesn’t want the pressure of a traditional market” or that he doesn’t want to be “the guy” (what ever that means) All he said was that he was tired of being the scapegoat for all the Sens woes. That could be the media, or it could be from within the organization…Who knows? I’m sure that any team would welcome him though.

      • winnipegwonder - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Ever think we’ll find out what the teams are?

    • stepanup - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Did you really put the Wild in they category of a non-traditional hockey market? The same Wild that play in Minnesota?

      • strictlythedanks - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        ya what a bafoon, Minnesota=Canada

  7. nj666 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    If I’m a GM and a player demands a trade, well guess what pal, you’re going to whoever gives me the best deal. Take your list and shove it.

    • kevb62 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Except his contract allows him to pick which teams he does not want to be traded to. In a lot of ays he holds the power.

    • xaile94 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I know, seriously, #%@& the CBA. it’s not like those labor deals really mean anything…

      • nj666 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        you go to who I deal with or you dont go at all…

      • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        what if the best deal is you main rival?

        If you were Pitts do you trade Malkin or Crosby to Philly? No…

        What if the best deal, isn’t fair value… do you force the trade… no.

        good thing you are not a real GM

    • skr213 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      nj666: even after being told that he has the right IN HIS CONTRACT to name 10 teams he won’t be traded to, you’re STILL like “you’ll go where I want.” You have won the prize of dumbest commenter of the day. At least “nelkow” up above realized he was being an idiot.

      • elrock7 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        skr213, YOU are the dumbest commenter here if you don’t understand the point. If the SENS want to trade him then fine accept the list. If it is the PLAYER demanding the trade, then tough crap about your list!

      • handsofsweed - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        You just got knocked the F out, elrock. So did you, nj666.

      • skr213 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        I guess some people just don’t understand the concept of contract rights. Probably don’t deal with a lot of contracts when their only job is mowing mom’s lawn.

  8. mz1394 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Sabres are a joke plain and simple

    • anthj99 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Wtf are you or this comment even doing here? Bye, loser.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      I doubt that Spezza wants to come to the Sabres, being as they will be bad again (likely really bad again) this coming season. He is 31 now and does not have that many good years left in him, likely. Naturally he will want to go where he has a shot at winning a cup instead of a bottom feeder.
      Murray should not even CONSIDER trading for him. Even if Spezza said yes to it, the cost would be likely very high, especially for a guy with one year left on his deal.
      Also, if you get him, it may improve the team to where they have no shot at Connor McDavid. THAT is the prize to shoot for this next year.

  9. bhinrichs9 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    The Wild will have the money when Heatley is gone, I would rather have him than Vanek. He would fit nicely with our other smart, hard working forwards of Parise and Pominville.

    • JoeAvg - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Nice! Absolutely I’d take Spezza over Vanek.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      I would take Spezza over Vanek any day. Better player and better position of need … but Vanek is free to obtain and Spezza will be expensive.

      I am all for trading Mikko but if you could have Spezza / Granlund / Koivu as your top 3 centers, things would be looking bad A. Koivu is the perfect #3 center but is getting paid top line money. I can live with that as the Wild are not in a cap issue. Now the focus is, can Fletcher swing a deal that works for both parties?

      If the Wild could move Backs in this deal, if he is willing, it is very possibly I think.

      Spezza / something of low value and to fill in roster spot
      Backstrom / Dumba / 2014 1st (16th overall) / Zucker / …… who knows….

      I am all for it!

    • chief361 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      would create a logjam at center. we’ve already got granlund, koivu, haula and brodz. plus, we need to shore up on d and figure out our goalie quagmire before we can even think about landing a vanek or a spezza. unless the sens wanna take koivu and backstrom off our hands as part of a package but that’s a win for us, lose for the sens. in my opinion, take that $7mm cap hit of heatley’s and add top 4 pairing d man and a serviceable bottom 6 forward as opposed to one player for two cap hits.

      • 19cbd87 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        The Wild are already a top defensive team; Suter-Spurgeon, Brodin-Frolin, Scandella-Dumba, Stoner(assuming he’s ‘re-signed)-Ballard is a solid d-core. If Koivu can’t accept he’s the #2 center and lead from there then he should be dealt. As of now they only need a scoring left winger for that second line; Zuker, Moulson, Vanek, Cammalleri are all options.

  10. anthj99 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Does anyone else think the player’s list of teams he won’t allow a trade to should be tossed out the window if you “demand” a trade? Spezza sure was ok with the contract to stay there when he saw how much money was involved. If you void your contract and don’t wanna play for that team, then fine, sit it out and don’t get paid and let all the other teams see what kinda primadonna baby you are. I’m sure they’ll all be lining up to sign another me-first player. Otherwise, accept the trade to whatever team will give us the best value.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Sounds like that is how it should be- possibly makes too much sense for the NHL to do…

    • xaile94 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      The Sens had zero obligation to give Spezza any kind of No Trade/Movement clause. That was their decision.

    • titansbro - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      no, because they don’t HAVE to trade him. they can just deny his request.

    • hockey412 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      GM’s would never want that, why would they? This way allows them to trade the player for something they can use. Doing it your way amounts to a ‘loss’ for them.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I would think the Predators are a likely candidate – not as likely to be on his no-trade list, with a new coach that wants to add a more offensive dimension to the team and an organization that needs to get back in the playoffs after missing them two years running. They could easily accomodate his cap hit, especially because his actual salary is only $4,000,000 this coming year. The Wild are another thought given the space they’ll have when finally free of Heatley’s giant anchor of a contract.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Looking at all the teams, I actually think the Preds would be in his list of 10 teams to not go to.

      Lets count the others… NJ / Carolina / NYI / Florida / Buffalo / Vancouver / EDM / PHX / WIN / Calgary / maybe Toronto and Montreal if he wants out of Canada but when you look at that list, I would guess Nashville is near or in top ten.

      Now lets say Nashville isn’t. How does Nashville make the trade happen? Do they have the prospects and picks that are needed, yes, do I see Poille making that deal with including a top F / D prospect plus draft picks, No.

      Now with possible teams for trade (including list of ten), we can rule out almost all of the Atlantic and a good portion of the East. I am clueless but I hope my favorite team MN enters the sweepstakes as they are a perfect fit.

      not saying you are wrong in any of your take, just thinking outside of the box. :) cheers

    • 311sucks - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      poile is a magician and could probably work out a lot of his salary as well.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        its not a knock on Poile as I think the he is a very good GM but I don’t see him going after Spezza and trading away picks and prospects as that’s not him / style.

        And Spezza no matter how talented does not make Nashville a playoff team. The Central is unfortunately way too stacked at the moment for Nashville to break out of it. IMO.

  12. thekindone4 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Hey sabres fans! Trading for Spezza would be stupid. He’s entering his 30’s, and will not be in his prime before all the sabres prospects develop into solid NHLers! As Pierre Lebrun mentioned yesterday, the sabres want to get back into round 1 and would be willing to take a higher paid, not wanted player from a team who wants to get rid of some salary.

  13. r8rbhawk - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Here are the 10:


    • bryanb24 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Not Winnepeg. Get it right!

      • r8rbhawk - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        sorry boys, I guess I got too dependent on autocorrect. Going forward I will just type The Jets.

    • govtminion - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Is this his actual list, or just your guess?

      • r8rbhawk - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        it is not his actual list, I’m just guessing. I actually expected to see more people’s hypothetical lists in the comments. The PHT commenters are usually so quick to offer their predictions, I was certain we’d have a ton of lists.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Why would he put Toronto, Buffalo or Florida when GM said he’s not trading him within the division?

    • robnas94 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I’d guess New Jersey is on there instead of Winnipeg

    • elrock7 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      he is from Toronto, he would love to play here

  14. live4hockey - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Letang for Speeza….easy

    • paulerhythm - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Right! The Pens need DEFENSE, not more offense. Pens are interested in a rugged, stay at home defenseman to clear the crease. They are very few out there via FA (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene come to mind). Most likely, the Pens are looking to trade Sutter for that type of player. I couldn’t venture a guess as who the trading partner will be.

      • live4hockey - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        meh…so I was kind of taking a shot at our fan base, and am surprised nobody threw that out yet…however, I disagree your reasoning. There are so many dmen in the system and with the emergence of Maatta, Dumoulin and Pouliot both being near nhl ready, Bortuzzo emerging, Despres (an RFA who can still be a huge assett especially under Hynes if he gets the job), we can afford to let Niskanen and Orpik walk. On offense we are lacking in the top 6, but especially in the bottom 6. There are only 7 forwards currently under contract (Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz, Dupuis, Bennett, and Adams). Sutter is an RFA and probably isn’t going anywhere, but Jokinen, Stempniak, Goc, Pyatt, Glass, Vitale, and Gibbons are all UFA’s. Defense is not what lost the Rangers series…Lack of offense is what lost the Rangers series…the year before, lack of offense is what lost the Bruins series. In the regular season, the Pens were 10th best in the league allowing 2.49 goals per game, and 5th in goals for at 2.95. Both numbers are good, but with all those pending UFA’s at F and zero depth in the system at forward…I think F needs to be a priority. Now Letang….He might as well be Mike Green. You want an eye opener on this team…just go look at capgeek.

  15. cweez2 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    My guess is 6 of those teams are in Canada. He wants to be relieved of the pressure of the captaincy, he isn’t going to find it up North.

    My money is on Anaheim where he can slot in as a #2 guy.

  16. robnas94 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Think he goes to St Louis, Thornton to Chicago, and Kesler to Anaheim.

    • bluesdroogie - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Spezza to St. Louis, okay. I would like that. We have the cap room so who would they want in return. Also St Louis and Ottawa seem to be okay with trading with each other. We traded Bishop to Ottawa a few years ago so the gm’s seem to get along.

  17. dtownbeatdown - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Franzen for Spezza. It’s already done and done.

    • bluesdroogie - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Ottawa does not want to trade him to a team in the east. My best bet is he goes West. With that be said the list should be a lot narrower as to who can fit him in under cap and who he would actually go to.

      I would like if he came to the Blues, but not at a substantial cost to the core players we have. I think Ducks, Hawks, Sharks, Stars, and Blues might be in the running for him. I know there was already a rumor around that st Louis has interest in him.

  18. live4hockey - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    …or 18 fewer since St. Louis basically gave a list of 28 teams he wouldn’t accept a trade.

  19. savior72 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Swap Spezza for Berglund with salary offset would be fine by me.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      that’s incredible horrible value for Spezza.

      Should get at least a first and prospect plus berglund… but I still see better packages getting tossed at Ottawa

  20. cliffatola - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    The Sens won’t get as much as they would like for him, 30 yrs old and recently having had back problems. He’ll get his wish but teams also aren’t going to pony up a lot for a guy who could be a one year rental. Call me crazy but Dallas seems like a nice fit as the #2 center.

  21. tuberippin - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Spezza is an outstanding player with a long injury history, which will hurt his value.

    Dallas makes some sense.
    Colorado could be a fit.
    Anaheim seems like it would be a good fit, as well, but I don’t know that there’s as much value to be gotten in return. (Maybe Silvferberg and a pick.)
    Washington makes sense, but they have a lot of cash tied up in bad contracts.

  22. schizowallflower - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Lecavalier wants to be traded. Swap him for Spezza.

  23. Peter O'Neil - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Murray is an idiot. First, Spezza eliminates 10 teams, which of course is his right. Then Murray — caring more about his job than about the team or fans — compounds the problem by publicly announcing that literally half the league is out of the trade picture. Given the number of teams in the West that don’t want/can’t afford Spezza, you’ve narrowed the list of buyers to a precious few. PLUS, MURRAY HAS ALREADY SAID HE DOESN’T EXPECT TO GET FULL VALUE!!!! AND HE’S MADE CLEAR HE HAS TO MAKE A DEAL!!!! omg, if an owner in my fantasy leagues took this approach we’d all snicker and say, “He’s ripe to be fleeced. Time to low-ball. Dumb rookie.”

    Meanwhile, the Ottawa media are so cowed by Murray and so fearful of losing access that they go along with this lunacy. Then again, maybe they just don’t get the math. How many sportswriters have taken Economics 101 — that you always want to increase rather than shrink demand if you are on the supply side, in order to up the price tag.

    Leaves me breathless. This is a repeat of the Chara/heatley-Hossa fiascos.

  24. mrbuffalosabre - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I’d piss off Spezza and not trade him. LOL

  25. mackattack29 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Can someone explain why Ottawa has SO MUCH money problems? I feel like all I ever hear about is that they can’t afford anything…

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