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Spezza Nixes Predators Trade At NHL Draft

Jason Spezza wants out of Ottawa but a limited list of yes options could be a problem.

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Spezza Nixes Predators Trade At NHL Draft

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports Nashville Predator's General Manager David Polie spoke to Ottawa Senator's General Manager Bryan Murray about Jason Spezza.

On Friday, June 28, Nashville offered Patric Hornqvist and Nic Spalding for Jason Spezza. But the deal was a no-go because Spezza's list of 10 no-deal trades includes Nashville. The no trade clause puts the player in an interesting position.

According to LeBrun's "Rumblings: Spezza nixes trade to Predators," Spezza wants out of Ottawa and Nashville wants a No. 1 center. But the emphatic no means the aging Senator is left without a trade deal before the unrestricted free market begins in Tuesday, July 1.



Murray said he spoke Spezza's agent, Rick Curran, the team "had a deal sitting there," but Polie "was on the list of no-goes." Spezza's not the first player optioning to leave his team lately. In the same day Spezza nixed a potential deal, Ryan Kesler moved from Vancouver to Anaheim.

As much as Polie would like someone with Spezza's abilities on the team, “I’m not going to pitch somebody if they don’t want to play for us." Knowing how people feel about Nashville’s team, he points out "this game is hard enough as it is. You’ve got to be fully committed.” 



And being fully committed includes looking at the bigger picture-off and on the ice, the culture of the team outside the dressing room. "What we have on the ice, what we have off the ice, the city, the atmosphere, no state taxes, there’s a lot of advantages to playing in Nashville.”

James Neal certainly thinks so.

And Polie remains patient as draft picks age up. Worked well for number one goalie, Pekka Rinne after all.

Spezza's not the only choice since Paul Stasny is looking to be an unrestricted free agent Tuesday. With 8 years experience and at only 28, the center will be in demand.  Not to mention his 60-point season Centers usually rank high in trading, but this year the market shows a need given the trade pitches for men like Spezza and Stasny.

If Stasny goes quickly, Spezza's stock will jump up again—even if he's hard to place. 



The Senators captain offers body at 220 pounds and a 6'3" height, but he's also 31-years-old. There's some plus and minus in offering a trade/contract. A plus is his 75-point average this season. Definitely needed in some of the teams looking to make it to the playoffs next year.

Nashville may be out of the running, but St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are definitely looking to add the grit to game. 

The asking price for the player was too high for Blues GM Doug Armstrong. Armstrong refused to part with the second-round pick but is still interested. Of course, Stansy is on their list, too. Chicago's a dynamic team already with not a lot of cap space room at the moment, so it’s a wait and see.



The free market is always an interesting show. Spezza may want to remember how quickly things change in the hockey world. No wonder Murray’s a little frustrated.

 

Source: ESPN

 

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