Skip to content

Spezza nixed potential Preds trade, says Murray

Jun 28, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

JasonSpezza Getty Images

The Nashville Predators landed their coveted “big-time” forward in James Neal but, to hear Sens GM Bryan Murray explain it, the Preds were in the mix to add a second impact guy up front as well.

Murray said Ottawa captain Jason Spezza shot down a potential move to Nashville, per ESPN. Spezza, who holds a no-trade clause, reportedly wouldn’t waive in order to join the Preds, nullifying a deal that “made sense” for Ottawa. (courtesy Pierre LeBrun.)

That Murray had a deal he actually liked is significant. He lamented the lack of quality offers for Spezza leading up to the draft, then saw the market for centers change dramatically when Vancouver sent Ryan Kesler to Anaheim prior to Friday’s opening round.

For Nashville, news of the Spezza offer is significant as well. It further cements the notion that GM David Poile is doing all he can to add offense, and isn’t being held back financially in the search for a skilled center. It’s quite possible the club will now turn its attention to the free agent market — *cough* Paul Stastny *cough* — or maybe look to trade elsewhere. There were rumblings of a deal to get Eric Staal out of Carolina and reunited with Peter Laviolette in Nashville, but The Tennessean and other outlets investigated those claims without finding anything concrete.

As for Poile potentially revisiting the Spezza deal..

As for Spezza…it’ll be interesting to see how public perception goes after this. He’s now been positioned — by his own GM — as the guy that prevented a trade from happening. Even though he’s well within his rights (that’s why players negotiate no-trade clauses), Senators fans could get further frustrated with a situation that’s already been lingering for a while.

One final wrinkle — and it’s definitely worth noting — the potential Spezza-to-Nashville deal was in the works prior to the Preds landing Neal.

Latest Posts
  1. Lightning, Habs will play first back-to-back of the playoffs

    May 6, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens - Game Two Getty Images

    Teams will meet tonight and again tomorrow in Tampa Bay.

  2. Detroit prospect Larkin ‘not 100 percent’ returning to school

    May 6, 2015, 12:54 PM EDT

    Norway v USA - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Getty Images

    “I’m still in between and weighing the options.”

  3. Jack Adams Award finalists to be announced tonight

    May 6, 2015, 12:35 PM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five Getty Images

    Calgary’s Bob Hartley is considered the favorite.

  4. Kovalchuk: ‘We’ll see’ about NHL return

    May 6, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT

    Russia Kovalchuk Hockey AP

    Recently won a KHL championship.

  5. Rangers assistant GM Gorton remains in high demand

    May 6, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

    2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Practice Sessions Getty Images

    Reports now suggest Toronto’s interested.

  6. Report: Bettman ordered to testify in concussions lawsuit

    May 6, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Rangers v Phoenix Coyotes Getty Images

    Deposition slated for no earlier than July.

  7. Report: Isles’ Persson signs in Swedish League

    May 6, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT

    New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

    Fifth-round pick in 2011 spent all of this year in AHL Bridgeport.

  8. Yakupov’s KHL rights acquired by powerhouse CSKA (Updated)

    May 6, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT

    yakupovgetty Getty Images

    The same club that finished first in the league standings this year.

  9. Green feels Caps are more comfortable in one-goal games

    May 6, 2015, 10:01 AM EDT

    Dominic Moore, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Matt Niskanen, Braden Holtby AP

    They’ve certainly had more success in them in the 2015 playoffs.

  10. New Oilers GM Chiarelli interviews McLellan

    May 6, 2015, 9:33 AM EDT

    Todd McLellan AP

    The former Sharks coach seems to have interest in Edmonton.

  11. Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

    May 6, 2015, 8:56 AM EDT

    Carey Price, AP

    Montreal hopes to avoid falling behind 3-0 in its series against Tampa Bay.

  12. Wild’s Parise: ‘There’s got to be something more we can do’

    May 6, 2015, 1:32 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    Facing elimination and possible sweep, Minnesota is frustrated.

  13. Video: Controversial no-goal call on Flames

    May 6, 2015, 12:30 AM EDT

    Similar to what happened to Martin Gelinas in 2004.

  14. Video: Crawford the difference in Blackhawks Game 3 win over Wild

    May 5, 2015, 11:12 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Chicago has Minnesota on the brink of elimination.

Featured video

Holtby becoming big-time goalie
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Zuccarello (3034)
  2. M. Giordano (2184)
  3. A. Ovechkin (1908)
  4. C. Perry (1727)
  5. J. Hudler (1619)
  1. K. Letang (1530)
  2. K. Versteeg (1523)
  3. C. Price (1462)
  4. H. Lundqvist (1388)
  5. B. Bishop (1378)