Jason Spezza to Buffalo Sabres?

NHL training camps opened this week and the Buffalo Sabres and their fans are excited about the upcoming season. The team signed several players this off-season, but there is still a glaring weakness at center for this team and the front office should look to address this need before the season begins.

The latest rumor as reported by Bleacher Report has Buffalo looking at Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators. The 28 year-old center has missed some time over the last two years, but his offensive skills are still in top form and his addition would make the Sabres one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Spezza has totaled 532 points in his NHL career in 526 games and would be a good fit for the team.

Buffalo has a deep farm system and have plenty of good talent to use as trade material. Ottawa needs to start the rebuilding the franchise and picking up two or three talented youngsters is a good start. If Buffalo wants to become a true contender for the Stanley Cup, a veteran center with offensive skills is a must.


9 Responses to Jason Spezza to Buffalo Sabres?

  1. mojo19 says:

    Ya, is it just me, or doesn't Spezza just feel like a perfect fit for the Sabres?

    Cap wise they could never pull it off but if they could role these fwds –

    Pominvile – Spezza – Vanek
    Leino – Roy – Ennis
    Boyes – Stafford – Gerbe
    Hecht – Gaustad – Kaleta/McCormick

    Kotalik would have to be waived and if unclaimed sent to the AHL, and they'd still need to free up a lot of money. As it stands right now they're like $3 million over the cap.

  2. KingCanada says:

    Im going to call BS on this one.  The Sabres are already more then 3 million over the cap!  There would have to be quite a bit of salaries coming back to Ottawa and some quality draft picks/prospects obviously.

    Not to mention..do you trade your number one center within the division?  Its not like a deadline deal sending someone over for a playoff run, this is the entire season and years to come!

    And lastly its going to be quite the battle for last place overall not to mention the rights to draft Nail Yakupov.  Ottawa vs Edmonton (maybe even Calgary if they decide to trade Iginla).

  3. KingCanada says:

    Agreed, capwise its impossible.  Pretty sure Melnyk is loosing alot of money and doesnt want any salary back if hes offering Spezza around.

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Oh, don't worry about the cap. This article must have been written before the new CBA came into effect.

    If that is not the case, the author is retarded.
  5. alpalstewart says:

    there is an article posted a few days ago that says Melnyk is thinking playoffs, so why would he consider trading his best player.

  6. alpalstewart says:

    i know the owner doesnt do the trading, but this is an article ment for close to trade deadline, cus spezza will be with the sens atleast till then

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    Maybe he's the #1 center the Flames are looking for. Backlund may rise to fill that need but if not, they have a bit of cap room now.
    Would a pick(s) and a prospect(s) do it?

  8. wayne2 says:

    Spezza would be welcome on a few teams needing a legit first line center:
    Calgary,Buffalo and Toronto come to mind but edmonton has shown the most interest in him.This said,if the sens were to trade Spezza they would need a center back and maybe prospects.I dont think picks would do as we already traded lots of roster players for picks last year.Also if he is traded the sens would ask for a decent return.Personnaly at this point I would keep him,we have a near future if not this year legit second line center in Zibanedad and great prospects for the future.Be patient and we will return to our former challenging role within 3-6 years.

  9. wayne2 says:

    Just a thought on the sens line up.Here's what I would start the season with:
    1-Filatov/Spezza/Buttler(a playmaker with two young scoring wingers)
    2-Michalek/Zibanedad/Alfredson(great rookie surrounded by two solid veterans)Alfredson could mentor him like Sakic did with rookies back in Quebec.
    3-Foligno/Regin/Condra(solid third line)
    4-Smith/Zenopka/Neil(physical and fast fourth line)

    1-Gonchar/Carlsson(offensive mentor for Carlsson
    2-Phillips/Lee(good chemistry)
    3-Cowen/Carkner(physical pair and gives Cowen time to adjust on a third pairing)

    Anderson starts and Auld back up,Lehner gets one more year to get even more NHL ready

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