Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars pulled off another blockbuster trade this past July 1st when they acquired superstar center Jason Spezza in exchange for Alex Chiasson and a few prospects. Spezza will head to Dallas with just one year left on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent come next summer.
Unless Jim Nill has it his way (which he does all the time).
Nill is “pretty” confident that the Stars will be able to agree on a new contract with Spezza and risk the possibility of a one-year, one-hit wonder between Spezza and Dallas. Nill told Sportsnet, “I’m not too worried about the contract. His agent and I have spoken, and we’re going to get Jason in here to show him around the area.”
Nill sounds like he wants a deal to go down soon, perhaps even before the season starts. But it all depends on how Spezza enjoys his time in Big D. But with the Stars on the major rise and Spezza’s best buddy Ales Hemsky also joining the squad, something tells me that with Nill’s skills and Spezza’s current situation, a re-sign should not even be a minor problem. Spezza seemed very enthusiastic about his new opportunity during the conference call held minutes after the trade was officially announced, and seemed to light up like a firework (happy belated 4th) when he heard that Ales Hemsky would be joining the mix as well.
Spezza has played for Ottawa for his entire career and turned 31 less than a month ago. He will look to join on as the second line center and back up the load currently held by young superstar Tyler Seguin. With the addition of Spezza and Hemsky, many have taken a second look at the Stars and have changed their minds about how next season will pan out in the NHL. The Stars are on the rise, and Spezza will just bear more witness to that fact. A re-sign should be simple, but we’ll keep you posted.
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