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Spezza: ‘I feel like I’m naturally a leader’


Consider Jason Spezza as a candidate to become the Ottawa Senators new captain in the post-Daniel Alfredsson era.

Spezza, 30, is certainly tenured enough.

He broke into the NHL with the Senators back in 2002-03 and has played 611 career NHL games – all under the tutelage of Alfredsson, who left Ottawa after 17 seasons when he signed with the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted this summer.

“I think leadership is something that comes naturally, and I feel like I’m naturally a leader in our dressing room,” Spezza told NHL.com.

“It’s scarier if you’re going to be appointed a role and you feel like you’re not ready for it, but for me I feel like I wouldn’t change too much.”

Chris Phillips, the 35-year-old defenseman who has played for the Senators since his rookie season in 1997-1998, is also a possibility for the captaincy.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.