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Stars GM ‘pretty confident’ Dallas can re-sign Spezza

Jul 3, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

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Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill is “pretty confident” he can get new center Jason Spezza signed to a contract extension.

“I’m not too worried about the contract,” Nill told Sportsnet today. “His agent [Rick Curran] and I have spoken, and we’re going to get Jason in here to show him around the area.”

Which sure makes it sound like Nill would like to get Spezza locked up soon. As in, this summer. Currently, Spezza is signed through next season, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

At 31 years old, Spezza’s best years may be behind him, but Nill still believes the Stars got “an elite player in the prime of his career” when they plucked him out of Ottawa on Tuesday.

The Stars will introduce Spezza to the media on Monday morning.

  1. kingsfan93 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    J. Spezza is only 31yrs old and, yes, in his prime. But I think he is going to be rejuvenated by being on a team that has upside down the road. Plus, if Spezza is kept in good shape, then nothing to worry about. Age is just a number. You not old unless you feel old.

    • pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      He is not in his prime…. Prime for Spez was about 4-6 years ago. He just had a massive back injury. That kinda takes all the fun out of it. His Brain might be in its prime… But his body is definitely different.

  2. darksidecowboy - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Jim Nill always has a plan, and will get his guy. Spezza will love Big D.

    • elrock7 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Trust me, Nill should wait and see how Spezza produces in the 50 or so games he will be healthy enough to play in.

  3. pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    After all this crap about him “snubbing” other teams…. He better. Just stay there so we dont have to hear about your woman like tactics again next season. Thanks bud

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    The way this offseason has been going, it’s looking like the start of dark era for us Jets fans.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Actually, let me rephrase that: any optimism I once had has taken a sour turn for the worse.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Every year July 1st rolls around and players that signed are talked about as saviours, they’re gonna turn things around or push teams over the edge, every year at least half of the big name, big contract free agents become massive busts.

        Stanley Cups aren’t won on July 1st, I wouldn’t get too upset until all of these central teams prove to be the beasts that people assume they will be.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        As a Calgary fan, is that what you tell yourself at the beginning of every season? ;) In any case, I don’t think those teams got any worse. Chicago, St Louis, Colorado, and Minnesota will look like powerhouses, and Nashville and Dallas certainly got a leg up. Meanwhile, the Jets added…Mathieu Perreault. I’m sure everyone’s shaking in their lil’ space boots after that signing.

  5. gbatap - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Lock him.up before he has a huge season getting second line matches while playing with first line calibre players.

  6. onemorematt - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    As a DFW resident, this is pretty exciting. Surprisingly big hockey fan base here in Dallas. Look forward to the coming years, if Kari stays healthy (WTF, Lindback?), Stars should be fun to watch again this season.

    • darksidecowboy - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Dallas Stars goalie coach was Lindback’s coach in Nashville. They go way back and they think they can get his head on straight like when he played in Nash. He has the size like Kari as well so our defense won’t have to adjust their game like with Thomas last season. Plus Lindback is only signed for 1 year under a million. There’s a reason Yzerman traded for this guy. He could eventually be a steal, unless Campbell can rise and take the net from both of them.

  7. frankiesweep - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Nill to Spezza “No state income tax vs. 50% you paid in Canada.”

    Spezza “Ok. Let’s do this.”

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