With the Ottawa Senators rebuilding and creating a youth movement in the organization, it’s strange to say that they may be looking for older players in free agency. However, with so many young guns in the locker room, the Sens need a veteran presence to help guide them.
A fan-favorite may fit the exact role that the Senators need. With Jason Spezza becoming an unrestricted free agent, the 36-year-old center is open to returning to Canada’s capital and may be a fitting way for Spezza to spend the later parts of his career.
“It’s still early in this process but I have a good relationship with the people in Ottawa that are still there,” Spezza told TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.“It would be high on my list of considerations that’s for sure. I left there on good terms. It definitely keeps the door open. It’s food for thought, for sure. But it’s so early in the process, we’ll see.’’
Spezza spent five seasons with the Dallas Stars after being traded from Ottawa in 2014. This past season, he appeared in 76 games, totaling eight goals and 19 assists. However, Dallas’ general manager Jim Nill mentioned that it’s time to move on.
Spezza began his career at 19 with the Ottawa Senators, scoring 21 points in 33 games played. In 11 seasons with the Senators, he tallied 687 points, including 436 assists.
The crafty center could fit in nicely with the Senators moving forward. He could slide into the third or fourth line, replacing the likes of Chris Tierney or Oscar Lindberg.
As of now, there are only three players over the age of 30 in the Senators’ locker room. That doesn’t seem like a huge problem, but as mentioned Spezza can help lead the Senators’ youth.
Brady Tkachuk greatly appreciated his time with Mark Stone, so there is no reason why Spezza can’t take a young center under his wing and help guide them down the right path.
We all know that the Senators are tight with their money, so Spezza could also be a cheap contract that could have value inside the locker room.