Tag: Daniel Alfredsson

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 03: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on February 3, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Welcome Jason Spezza to the trade rumor mill


For the second straight offseason, there’s great uncertainty regarding the captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Jason Spezza was officially thrust into trade talks on Tuesday — though some would argue he was there already — as Sens owner Eugene Melnyk offered up a pretty blunt assessment of Spezza’s season, and future:

Spezza, who turns 31 in June, had a fairly productive regular season — 23 goals and 66 points in 75 games — but boasted a ghastly minus-26 rating and averaged just 18:13 TOI, his lowest total since 2003-04.

As far as trades go, he could be a pretty mobile asset. While he carries a $7 million cap hit next year — the last of his seven-year, $49 million deal — Spezza’s actual salary is only $4 million, a far easier figure for teams to stomach.

“I’m not naive to the talk. I’ve been asked the question lots,” said Spezza, per the Ottawa Sun. “There’s a lot of reflecting to go on here during the months leading up to next season and I’m sure that will be a topic.”

According to the Sun, there are several teams interested in Spezza’s services — Anaheim and St. Louis, specifically. So it seems the questions that need to be answered are these: Is Spezza willing to waive his no-trade, does he want to leave the only NHL team he’s ever played for and are the Sens really going to break ties with another captain after the Daniel Alfredsson fiasco?

Doesn’t sound like Spezza or the Sens are ready to answer just yet.

“I have a year left on my deal still there,” said Spezza. “This is the day after the season. There’s a lot of time to reflect. I’m sure Bryan [Murray] has to reflect and I have to reflect.”

PHT Morning Skate: Alfredsson gets another chance at Cup dream

Detroit Red Wings v Columbus Blue Jackets

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Detroit Red Wings over the summer in part because he thought he could capture the Stanley Cup with them. They’re far from the favorites to win it all this year, but the former Ottawa Senators captain is upbeat after his team secured its postseason berth. (Detroit News)

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New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer was very unhappy with his team’s performance during Wednesday’s practice. (The Bergen Record)

Edmonton Oilers forward Boyd Gordon is done for what’s left of the season. (Edmonton Sun)

The Chicago Blackhawks scored their first overtime goal of the season on Wednesday. They had won previous games in shootouts, but never in the overtime period. (CSN Chicago)

Washington’s streak of six straight postseason appearances is over. (Washington Times)

Top Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse will play in the AHL after completing his season with the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (Edmonton Journal)

The Dallas Stars players talked about the oddity of starting a game down 1-0 in their eventual 3-1 loss to Columbus. (Dallas Morning News)

Highlights from Anaheim’s 5-2 victory over San Jose:

Video: Fleury makes spectacular sprawling shootout save


Marc-Andre Fleury has always been known for his athletic ability. But this. This was something else.

Fleury made a spectacular desperation, sprawling save on Daniel Alfredsson in the shootout of Wednesday’s 4-3 win for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It looked like Alfredsson had Fleury beat and a wide open net to bury the puck. But Fleury rolled over onto his back and threw out the glove to make the save. We’ve seen this before in the past – from goaltending great Dominik Hasek.