Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza has a no-movement clause in his contract that allows him to select 10 teams he would not want to be traded to.
Instead of just 10, Spezza has practically said “no” to nearly half of the clubs in the NHL.
According to TSN hockey analyst Darren Dreger, Spezza’s 12-team list includes the other six Canadian teams (Maple Leafs, Jets, Canucks, Oilers, Flames, and Canadiens) as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers.
It is uncertain who the other two teams are, but another report from an agent says he believes that the mystery teams are the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens aren’t “officially” on the list, but with the unlikelihood of Spezza being traded to rival, the list is essentially compiled of 12 teams as opposed to only 10.
As it stands today, the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues are the top two destinations for Spezza. Anaheim is also in the running for Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler.
Spezza, 31, is a four-time All-Star and was named captain of the Senators after long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson left for the Detroit Red Wings.
In his first year as the leader in Ottawa, Spezza poured in 66 points in 75 games. He tallied 23 goals and added 43 assists. However, he was a career-low -26. Spezza has spent his entire 11-year career as a Senator.
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