Jim Matheson: Would Spezza be a good fit for the Oilers?
Edmonton might want to consider trading for unhappy Ottawa Senator
With the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza seemingly disgruntled with his lot in life in the nation’s capital, here’s how the Oilers might solve the Taylor vs. Tyler debate.
Draft winger Taylor Hall on June 25 with their No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft, pass on centre Tyler Seguin and trade for Spezza later.
The Senators would almost assuredly take the same three players that were on the table for winger Dany Heatley last summer — Dustin Penner , Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid — in exchange for
Spezza,, who would become the Oilers’ much-needed first-line centre.
Spezza, who turns 27 on June 13, has a cap hit of $7 million for the next five seasons, while Penner ($4.25 million), Smid ($1.3 million) and Cogliano (a restricted free agent who made $1.13 million last year) add up to $6.9-million cap hit. So salary would be a virtual wash.
The Sens would covet blue-liner Smid to take the spot of shutdown defenceman Anton Volchenkov , who is expected to bolt this summer as an unrestricted free agent. Penner’s improved output last season makes him attractive and he is not an unrestricted free agent for another two years. And, even if Sens GM Bryan Murray balked at Cogliano, fellow centre Sam Gagner could be an alternative in a trade for Spezza.
As for the Oilers, they can’t talk about a player on another team, but why would they want Spezza ?