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Report: Stars, Blues chasing Spezza

Jun 30, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

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The chase to acquire Jason Spezza may not have a crowded field of possibilities.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues are the two teams interested in dealing for the Ottawa Senators captain. The list of teams after Spezza had been as many as four as recently as last week.

Spezza asked for a trade from the team and has a list of 10 teams he won’t accept a deal with. One of those teams was the Nashville Predators and Sens GM Bryan Murray made it known during NHL Draft weekend he had a deal in place to send him there only to have Spezza refuse it.

Aside from that nixed trade, Murray hasn’t been enthralled with the offers he’s received. Now that the field is down to St. Louis and Dallas, both of whom are also chasing potential free agent Paul Stastny, offers may not improve until after the start of free agency on Tuesday.

The Sens have to hope for those teams to miss out on Stastny and their desperation for a top center makes the offers more to their liking. Murray has said if none of the offers make sense he’ll hang on to Spezza, but at this point, that won’t be very comfortable for either player or team.

  1. jb8588 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    If Spezza was smart (which at this point he doesn’t seem to be), he would reconsider Nashville as an option. He wants out of Ottawa because he the Canadian fans get on him when they lose (which is the case in any Canadian market), and what better market to havethe low-key playing environment than Nashville? Add in there the Preds can offer first line minutes, a proven goal-scoring winger in Neal, a top d-man in Weber and a top goalie in Renne…this time is on the rise and he could help put them over the top. Spezza needs to rethink his priorities.

    • rmccleary97 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Spezza puts Nashville over the top? Of what, 4th in the Central? They wouldn’t be better than Chicago, they wouldn’t be better than St. Louis, … *maybe* they’re even with Colorado. Dallas has improved and will only get better.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Don’t forget Minnesota. Spezza in Dallas would make five teams that could make the playoffs in any division.

        You know, like they all did last year.

      • deathbyspl - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        did you watch last season at all? Nashville smoked Chicago all year long with mostly rookie talent. As long as you’re not the Winnipeg Jets, the Central division is for any team to take.

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Smoked. You’re so cute.

  2. jb8588 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM


  3. spezzdispenser - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    It’s a little too reminiscent of the Heatley saga. Hopefully Murray learned from that, otherwise this will drag out way too long only to settle on a low-ball deal. Who’s this year’s Cheechoo??

    • guitarhunterdude - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      I’d have to say that, of the players on the two teams, Alex Steen is the closest to Cheechoo (just had by far his best goalscoring season and is unlikely to repeat it). Though I think Steen is a better player than Cheechoo was.

      • apitheous - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        I believe Steen can repeat if the supporting cast is around him and he can avoid injury.

  4. gbatap - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I doubt the Stars offer will change much because it’s unlikely they are looking at Started anyway because of them term he’ll command on the open market. Spezza would be a one year rentalfor Dallas which is probably why Murray is probably unhappy with the offer.

  5. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Dallas can score they just need a veteran on their team. St Louis would be making a big mistake on getting spezza i think. He is older and just had a terrible injury. They will expect a lot out of this guy and for the money i dont think you will see all star blazing stats from him anytime in the near future.

    Also, he snubbed a good teams trade but he declined the idea of it because that would of meant he was a number 1 offensive role. He wants to sit back and be in the shadow with high hopes of winning a cup.

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