Jason Spezza’s passion for the game and his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs were on display around this time last year when he met with reporters via Zoom video conference to discuss his one-year, $750,000 extension with the club.
“All I care about is playing for a good team,” Spezza said on Jun. 17. “If I could take less (money), I would.”
Spezza referenced his team’s tight salary cap situation. Having grossed over $90 million in his NHL career over 16 seasons with the Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars, Spezza joined the Leafs and signed three consecutive one-year, minimum-salary contracts with the club, primarily to allow them to save space for other assets.
With Toronto’s window to a Stanley Cup wide open and Spezza’s career reaching the closing stages, the value proposition on both sides made sense. But it was becoming evident this past season that the Spezza’s career was winding down. A healthy scratch at various stretched during the 2021-22 campaign and the first two games of the team’s 2022 playoffs, Spezza called it a career on Sunday in a joint statement with the club.
“Do I think I can play and help? Definitely at times,” Spezza said of the deci …
Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation