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Spezza: ‘I’m just a piece to the puzzle’ in Dallas

Jul 7, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

Jason Spezza AP

Jason Spezza‘s arrival in Dallas has brought something to Texas that hasn’t been around in some time: Dreams of winning the Stanley Cup.

Today, Spezza met with Dallas media for the first time and he’s excited for what they’ve got going on there as Steve Hunt of shared.

“I’m just a piece to the puzzle,” Spezza said. “You have to be willing to be that in order to win in this League. I think it’s a great fit, and to have the young group and some of the young stars they have, you don’t see that very often and you hope to kind of grow with the group.”

The puzzle they’re working with in Dallas is an impressive one.

The Stars already had Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin locked into place and they added Spezza’s Ottawa Senators teammate Ales Hemsky via free agency. Throw in last season’s rookie sensation Valeri Nichushkin as well as veterans like Shawn Horcoff, Vernon Fiddler, Erik Cole, and Rich Peverley and you’ve got a group that’s got equal part young talent and veteran know-how. Peverley and Cole’s Stanley Cup-winning past doesn’t hurt either.

The Stars were viewed as one of the teams that “won” the summer with the moves they’ve made. If their crew of young defense, all of which GM Jim Nill loves, can come together and Kari Lehtonen repeats his success of last season, the Stars will be a dangerous team.

  1. Stiller43 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    That looks like a bad online dating profile pic…

    • JoeAvg - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      And ahhh….how would you know what a guys online dating profile pic would look like Stiller?

      Sorry dude, no offense but you left that one out there for the taking. Just had to.


      • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        JoeAvg with a comment like that you must either be secretly gay or just afraid to come out of the closet.

    • blomfeld - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      SPEZZA = PATSY !

      and by the way, there is no ‘puzzle’ when it comes to Dallas … what went down in Dealey Plaza on November 22nd 1963, has already been proved beyond ‘refute’ to have been nothing more than a ‘state sanctioned’ coup d’état … and as sad as that may be, it’s happened in ‘all’ countries at one point or another and it probably always will … such is life or ‘C’est la vie’ as the French might say eh ? … regardless, I will ‘forever’ love America and it’s people, my favorite country in the whole wide world ! :)

      GO ELVIS !!!




      • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 AM

        Your posts are often very dumb and never actually make sense. This still is but its a good song.

    • echojester - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Seriously. You mean to tell me with the reach that NBC Sports has and the rights they hold, that they couldn’t find something a little bit better for the guy? I don’t know, even an out dated shot of him in an Ottawa sweater would look better than this wolf-stare lip biting close up.

      • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        It is a very odd picture of him… Maybe its a subliminal message towards Giroux

  2. thesportsjudge - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    So, he is willing to be a piece to a puzzle, just not in Ottawa?

    • bildomatic - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Fair statement, but given a choice between the two teams as it stands now it’s a no brainer… I still think if they don’t lock him up this summer or early next season the UFA market next summer will be too tempting for him. Especially after seeing what it was like this summer and if the cap goes up next year.

    • valoisvipers - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I think Speeza will be happy with the team in Dallas and will willing resign with them,at the right price, of course. Should be a great season for the Stars and fun to watch.Nil has done great things since taking over.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      My statement was more about the irony.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:36 AM

        Kind of reminds me of when Mats Sundin left Toronto. He didn’t let Toronto trade him because he “didn’t want to start with a new team half-way through the season”… then the next season he signed with Vancouver half-way through the season.

  3. strictlythedanks - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    The central is phucking stacked. Its going to be fun to watch. Dallas has potential but can they keep up with the Wild, Avs, Blues, Hawks? Time will tell, but this is no doubt the best division in sports.

    • darksidecowboy - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Stars aren’t worried too much about the Wild, Av’s or Blues. The tide is turning in the West.

      • strictlythedanks - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        they ought to be, the wild avs and blues have proven they are far better teams

  4. njadvocate111 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Serious threats for what? 4th place in the division and another first round exit? Not going to win many 7 game series when it counts with 0 defensemen. Certainly on the right track, but come playoff time I can’t think of one team they would be favored against.

  5. steelcity333 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Their top 6 can compete with anyone in the league. Their defense could leave something to be desired. That’s why I feel teams like Chicago, LA, Anaheim, and St. Louis are still ahead of them.

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Theres more than those teams infront of them (Wild, Avs, Sharks), but that just a testament to the western strength. In the east the stars easily make the playoffs.

      • steelcity333 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        I think Dallas could finish above Minnesota, Colorado, and San Jose. I just don’t see them being able to finish ahead of Chicago, LA, Anaheim, or St. Louis.

      • strictlythedanks - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        I think your underestimating the talent on those teams, the hawks were damn lucky to get by the Wild in the playoffs

  6. geejon - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Dallas is a perfect spot for him and his thin skin. It got too hot for him in Ottawa and can you imagine him in NYC like some Rangers fans were talking about? He would have been hiding under his bed after his first 3-game pointless streak. He should love Dallas where its “Cowboys” 365 days a year and he can fly waayyyyy below the radar. Pressure isn’t for everyone.

  7. bengalguy - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    “Winners want the ball (or puck) when the game is on the line!” This guy folds late in games or when it matter. Good riddence

  8. dubblelznhell - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Looks like Ben stiller in zoolander

    • njadvocate111 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Hard Blue Steel

  9. valoisvipers - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    There seems to be a few bitter Sen fans on the board today. Speeza is still a great player. Speeza left because Ottawa screwed him over last year. Speeza wants to win a cup and knew that was not going to happen with the cheap ownership in Ottawa.
    As for others here ragging on the Dallas defense. Lets just say that defense is a team thing and defense can be taught. Sure it would be nice to have Weber but then again 28 other teams don`t have him either. If you have a good team system in place, you can do well with a bunch solid average d-men.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      One thing to consider is that controlling the puck and presuring relieves pressure on defense.

  10. gbart22 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Perhaps that is why he nixed a trade to Nashville. If he had accepted he would be thee piece not just a piece and he didn’t want to be that anymore. In Dallas he can be behind seguin and benn who are thee guys there especially seguin

  11. phtjoey - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    ….but an expensive piece of the puzzle. hope he delivers the production that comes with a $7 million salary.

    • ewampus - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      4 million salary. 7 million cap hit

  12. vaginalpenetrationexpert - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Hi, I think I may have ‘cracked’ the Blomfeld code, i.e, why does he uses quotation marks to highlight certain words. I believe he is imitating Dan Gilbert’s famed letter that utilizes the Comic Sans font.

  13. lennaykekua - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Nice kid

  14. pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I think Dallas expects a lot more out of him than perceived. How can you not for the type of player everyone believes he still is?

    Dallas’ only hope should be that he can stay healthy. That last injury he has was massive and can reoccur
    at any moment. If he stays healthy i think its a good fit for him. Lots of young guys to do most of the hustle. Everyone there knows how to pass and if it gets to the tape of Spezza we all know he can finish off a shot. Wish him luck and hope he does well there.


    It is a very odd picture of him… Maybe its a subliminal message towards Giroux?

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