A one-year, $700,000 contract — that’s the price the Toronto Maple Leafs paid to have Jason Spezza on their roster this season.
It was a challenging year for the 37-year-old, who spent most of this season on the fourth line. One of the lowest points for him as a Maple Leaf came in the home opener, when he was scratched because of what former head coach, Mike Babcock said was lack of special teams practice.
He signed for the league minimum to live out his childhood dream of playing for the Leafs, and Babcock ruined it before the first game of the regular season.
For Spezza though, he was obviously disappointed, but that moment didn’t stop him from being what Kyle Dubas and the Maple Leafs wanted him to be — a role model for the younger players.
After most Leafs practices, you’d see Spezza working alongside players like Mitch Marner, helping with face-offs, or other parts of their games. Most recently, it was Nick Robertson, who shadowed the 17-year veteran.
“We’ve been able to get to know each other a little bit. I try to help him out with a few …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation