This offseason the Dallas Stars once again made waves by pulling off another substantial trade. A year after trading for budding superstar, Tyler Seguin, the Stars took aim and pulled in a proven veteran.
Jason Spezza was discontent in Ottawa and looking for a fresh start. Entering the last year on his deal, the time to trade him was now, and make no mistake, teams were lining up for him. The Stars were able to pull off the trade and currently have Spezza penciled in on their now-impressive second line.
Spezza is obviously a big part of the Stars’ plan this season, but is he part of the plan beyond this season? Ask the GM on Dallasstars.com asked if the team had intentions of re-signing Jason Spezza and GM Jim Nill replied with what you would expect:
“Well, I think it’s gonna happen…”said Stars GM Jim Nill. “When we made the trade the vision was, he’s gonna be a Star for a long time. It wasn’t just a six month stop. I gave up; the team gave up some great assets to get him. We think he’s a big part of our team moving forward and we’re excited by what he adds to our organization.”
Nill seemed to address what fans were all fearing – sacrificing the future for a short-term solution. If Spezza is one-and-done with the Stars, the trade will likely be seen as a disappointment. If the Stars can keep Spezza, the trade may be nothing short of successful. Jim Nill went on:
“You know we made the trade for (Tyler) Seguin and we gave up 3 or 4 assets. You make the trade for Jason (Spezza) and you give up 3 or 4 assets. You can’t keep doing that too many years without keeping some assets or you’re going to get yourself in trouble. The whole game plan all along was you’re going to get Jason Spezza – I’m hoping he finishes his career here with the Dallas Stars…”
The Stars plan is to meet with Spezza and his agent once training camp gets going next month. The 31 year old Spezza still has plenty of gas left in the tank and should be revitalized with this young and energetic Stars team on the rise.
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