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Bob McKenzie: Jason Spezza and Dallas Stars Close To Contract Extension

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The hockey insider threw out an intriguing piece of information on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon about the Stars negotiations with the impending free agent center.

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If you want some good news in Dallas Stars land as they head into what may be a season-defining homestand tonight, there was a tasty little bit on Twitter late this afternoon from the uber-reputable Bob McKenzie.

Spezza is in the final year of a long-term deal he originally signed with the Ottawa Senators, one that carries a cap hit of $7 million a season but a salary of only $4 million this year.

The plan after acquiring him via trade from the Senators was always that the sides were going to talk extension at some point, but it's a little surprising to hear this news right now with the Stars struggling on the ice and Spezza struggling to find a consistent line.

Perhaps that's the best sign of all for the Stars, that a guy like Spezza who is definitely in the "win now" portion of his career seems to want to stick around despite the less-than-ideal start and thinning defensive corps. An extension would signify he also sees something about the team that can be a contender in the very near future.

It's just a rumor for now, though one from an extremely trustworthy source. But it's certainly an interesting talking point to enter this homestand.