Oct 5, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Still In Jason Spezza Hunt

Yes, its STILL in the balance. Now the puck is in Jim Nill’s arena.

After controversial reports released yesterday that said the Dallas Stars were one of the 10 teams that Jason Spezza refused to be traded to, it has officially been proven that those reports are false and that Spezza is still a hot target on the Stars trade list. In my article yesterday, I wasn’t sure what it meant and feared that the Stars chances of landing a quality second line center were next to nothing.

But now we have confirmation from Bruce Garrioch that a trade is still wide open.

So now that the Stars are back in it, will they end up hooking him? I’m not really sure.

Right now, the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues are the two front-running teams for a deal with Spezza and the Sens. It looks as though a deal will occur throughout the frenzy of the free agent market, and both teams have a fighting chance at the moment. Nill seems much more interested and is constantly in touch with the Sens front office, though. But St. Louis, after being rejected by the Senators after suggesting a Berglund-Spezza deal, is thinking about also offering Oshie, but haven’t made anything public yet.

The Stars on the other hand, have people to work with and can focus on other free agents and trades after getting their RFA and UFA situations finally worked out. Potential cards the Stars could deal are looking like Alex Chiasson and Erik Cole, as well as Shawn Horcoff, though Horcoff might be difficult to deal single-handedly. Either way, Spezza is the Stars main goal at the moment, and Jim Nill is determined to do whatever he has to in order to get him in green next year.

Another note:

With all the hype surrounding the Stars and Jason Spezza, you can more than likely rule out Paul Stastny.

And with his no-trade clause and all, Joe Thornton can most likely be scratched out as well.

But that’s okay, AS LONG AS THE SPEZZA DEAL GOES THROUGH. You got it Jim, we trust you. Now get it done and let’s see that championship caliber team be put together in the upcoming offseason.

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