The Senators and Jason Spezza are breaking up this season, he will be traded. It’s just a matter of where. According to Bruce Garrioch, the Rangers have talked to the Senators about a trade for Spezza.
The Rangers have held talks with the Senators about centre Jason Spezza, but general manager Bryan Murray has expressed publicly that, ideally, he would like to move the club’s captain to a Western Conference team.
The last time the Senators were trading a star player, the Rangers came damn close to acquiring Dany Heatley. Michael Del Zotto was also nearly traded to the Senators this season. So there is clearly a working relationship or familiarity between Sens general manager Bryan Murray and Glen Sather. At a high level the trade could make sense. At least from a contract and cost to acquire standpoint. Spezza has one year remaining on his deal and the cost for him would presumably be less than Joe Thornton. A fun summer surely awaits.
The Calgary Flames are making a push for Spezza. But their efforts will likely be for naught since Spezza has zero desire to play in Canada next season. He has listed all Canadian teams with the exception of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens on his no trade list; fully knowing Bryan Murray wouldn’t trade him to either of those teams. It is expected that Spezza will be shipped west to either the Ducks or St. Louis Blues. The Ducks make the most sense, since they have the history (Bobby Ryan), and the resources to complete the deal.