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

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.

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.