The clock may have finally stopped on Jason Spezza’s playing career, but there might be room for another battery in what would be one final spin.
As the Maple Leafs went through locker cleanout day, each of them shared the massive disappointment, and the thought that this team was different heading into this year’s playoffs.
“The group has lofty goals and when it ends in the first round like that, it’s jarring as an athlete because you want better results.” Said a distraught Spezza to the media on Tuesday.
A number of players have big decisions to make in the off-season. Jack Campbell needs to think about whether he wants to test the open market, Mark Giordano the same, and a few others have that decision too. Do they want to come back and push for a Stanley Cup with this group or try it with another team?
Spezza gave the same message he has in previous seasons. He wants to be a Maple Leafs until his time runs out.
“This is the only place I would play.” Spezza said.
The 38-year-old finished off the regular season with 12 goals and 13 assists over a 71-game span. While Spezza spent every minute of ice-time on the fourth line, his contributions in the locker room …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation