Jason Spezza should have no regrets about not getting 1000 points

It was just over two weeks ago that Jason Spezza announced his retirement and accepted a job in the Maple Leafs’ front office.
The 19-season veteran called it a career after amassing a total of 995 points in 1248 career regular season games and an additional 76 points across 97 career playoff games. However, the ink had not yet dried on Spezza’s new contract as special assistant to Kyle Dubas when speculation began in some corners of the Leafs’ fanbase that he could come out of retirement and rejoin the team.

Jason Spezza announced today his retirement from the NHL after 19 seasons. He will be joining the Maple Leafs’ front office effective immediately. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 29, 2022

The hypothesis presented is that Spezza would not formally sign his papers to retire from the NHL Player’s Association, keep in shape by working on the ice alone after hours, and then sign just before the trade deadline next year. The purpose of this being that he would be a basically free depth add and it would allow him to not only pursue the Stanley Cup one more time as a player, but it would also give him a chance to pick up five more points so he could hit 1000.
This (probably) isn’t going to happen.
We are gonna have to live in a reality where Jason Spezza’s playing career ended on a night when Nick Paul, a player who was part of the trade that saw him go from Ottawa to Dallas, scored the two goals that eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs, as tragically coincidental as that is.
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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

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