Ottawa Senators Rumors: Top 5 Fits for Jason Spezza

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Ottawa Senators Rumors: Top 5 Fits for Jason Spezza

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After months of speculation the Ottawa Senators confirmed that team captain, Jason Spezza, has indeed requested a trade. With a year left on his contract and his 30th birthday behind him, the return may not the Senators desire, but teams will be lining. His high hockey IQ and unique play making ability will make him a difference maker for a team looking to make drastic improvements.

5. Florida Panthers

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5. Florida Panthers

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The Panthers are looking to make a splash, and Spezza could be the splash they’re looking for. While internal finances may be an issue for Florida they have the cap room and the trade assets to bring Spezza to the Sunshine State

4. Phoenix Coyotes

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4. Phoenix Coyotes

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Much like the Panthers the Coyotes are seemingly always going through financial difficulties, but could surely use Spezza’s skill to upgrade their offense. The Coyotes are strong defensively but their lack of scoring has had them on the outside looking in during the last two playoffs. Spezza would surely change that.

3. Columbus Blue Jackes

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3. Columbus Blue Jackets

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Having a 1-2 punch down the middle of Spezza and Ryan Johansen would surely elevate the status of the Jackets. Spezza would be to Nathan Horton what David Krejci was to the power forward in Boston. Columbus also has plenty of trade chips in the form of draft picks and young players to entice the Senators.

2. Nashville Predators

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2. Nashville Predators

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New coach Peter Laviolette has done his best work on teams that have skilled 1st line centers (Claude Giroux with the Flyers and Eric Staal in Carolina come to mind immediately) and Spezza is just that. Look for the Preds to definitely be kicking the tires and try to reunite with his former teammate Mike Fisher.

1. St. Louis Blues

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1. St. Louis Blues

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The Blues have seemingly everything, but a legitimate #1 center and Spezza would fill that void. A combination of Spezza and Vladimir Tarasenko would surely provide the Blues with the offensive punch to get over the hump in the Western Conference. St. Louis has organizational depth that makes them a capable trading partner for the Senators.

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