Sunday, June 6, 2010

Spezza and the Ottawa Senators Enter 11th Hour

Trade rumours continue to swirl on Ottawa's Jason Spezza as his July 1st no-trade clause draws near. It's been the hot topic in Ottawa all week long. You literally can't turn on the TV, surf the Web, or listen to any news without hearing about the possibility of a Spezza trade. It's become a mega rumour mill/marketing machine. While the media is having a field day, the Spezza camp is keeping mum. When asked if he wants to come back to Ottawa, Jason replied: "Yeah", however it's more than obvious that he's not exactly thrilled with Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray for making him the scapegoat for the team's less than spectacular postseason performance. Murry on the other hand, has publicly stated that he wants to make Spezza a bigger part of the Senators' future, and count on him for leadership. I'm not sure who to believe.

When it comes right down to it, it doesn't matter what either one of them says, as they only have their own best interest in mind (hello?! PR!). What this really comes down to is money. Spezza signed a seven year $49 million deal in 2007. That's some serious dough. Ottawa will only trade him if they think that can get a better replacement and that will be tough. I'm betting the Sens won't make the trade.