For the first time in his lengthy career, Jason Spezza will hit July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
Granted, there’s still a chance that he re-signs with the Dallas Stars, but it seems that both he and Stars management are on the same page — Spezza will continue his NHL career, but it won’t be in Dallas:
“I think Jason knows where he’s at in his career, we had a good discussion,’’ Stars GM Jim Nill told me on Wednesday. “He asked for my opinion and I said, `Jason, you still have that fire in your belly.’ ... Unfortunately, we’ve got some younger players coming in, and the salary cap, it was just kind of time,” Nill added. “But Jason is still a serviceable player that’s had a great career.’’
So where is the next stop for Spezza? A return to Ottawa is possible, but the veteran center will be sure to cast a wide net. Above all, he wants to join a team where he can serve as an important player:
“After being scratched a few times down the stretch this year, I also want to be somewhere where they want me,” Spezza said. “That’s probably the most important criteria, that I have a role and am able to use my strengths.’’
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You almost certainly know by now, but the Stars have signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension:
Sean Shapiro tackles a heap of offseason questions in his latest mailbag:
Stars Mailbag, Vol. 47: Jamie Benn, offseason thoughts and a way-too-early expansion list https://t.co/IhBFSfjZpI— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 16, 2019
Honestly, if Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin don’t win this award, it’s a crime against hockey:
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You should really listen to Robert and I more often:
Bruins Sweep the Hurricanes, Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals https://t.co/XlxSKRVEci— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) May 17, 2019
Lindell has set the bar, so where will other RFA defensemen now land?
After Esa Lindell, who are the leading restricted free agent candidates moving forward?https://t.co/wlITPekljy— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 17, 2019
Here’s a cool piece behind one of the biggest social media stars in hockey:
These playoffs are wack — don’t try to play Simon Says:
The Wysh List: There's nothing to be learned from the 2019 NHL playoffs https://t.co/GoNPRRRujk— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 16, 2019
Another San Jose Sharks win, another debate about replay: