One rumour floating around HockeyBuzz today that I think has some serious merit to it is the Jason Spezza to Edmonton suggestions, which has him being moved at the Draft. First of all, I would like to reiterate that I'm all over these Spezza rumours, because I think Bryan Murray has done a terrible job in Ottawa and has made some of his best players not want to play for the team anymore, which has got to be frustrating as a Senators fan.
Today's post sees Spezza head West for a nice package in return, which includes either Sam Gagner or Andrew Cogliano, a couple of prospects (one being NHL ready) and a mid-round pick. Since there was very few details, I didn't want to draw up the trade table, because I save that for some good mock-ups.
Nevertheless, the rumour does stand on it's own, especially since the Oilers are in desperate need of a quality centre (not to say that the Senators should be giving away one) and it would then justify drafting Tayor Hall with their number one overall pick in a week's time, possibly forming a formidable pairing.
Oh, okay... let's draw up something. But let's be clear, this is me just playing around. I am not trying to start a rumour here, I'm just drawing up what I think would be an alright deal... thinking out loud, if you will.
|RUMOUR||2009-2010 NHL Statistics||2011 Cap Info|
|To Edmonton||Position||Age||GP||G||A||P||Years||Cap Hit|
|Jason Spezza||Forward||27||60||23||34||57||5||$7 million|
|To Ottawa||Position||Age||GP/MIN||G/W||A/SO||P||Years||Cap Hit|
|Alex Plante||Defense||21||4||0||1||1||2||$1.075 million|
|2010 4th Round Pick (91st overall)|
The price for Spezza is going to be steep, no matter which way you look at it and I think this deal looks about right for what the Oilers will have to pay for him. The Senators can help fill some voids with this deal, getting Gagner to replace Spezza, Plante to replace Volchenkov and give Dubnyk a shot at earning a place against Brian Elliot and Pascal Leclaire.
The Senators are also going to be shedding a lot of payroll and cap space with this deal sending Spezza out of town, so that should make them pretty big players in the free agency market. It's all quite relevant, but who's really to say it would happen?