Jason Spezza on Waivers?
- Mike Babcock went on a TSN radio show Wednesday and said:
“We’re not going to end up with eight D, we’re probably going to end up with 6D, and I don’t know if we’re going to have 13 or 12 forwards.”
- He then goes on to say that with the Marlies right in town, this is no problem.
- And then a different TSN guy opined:
Sounds like Spezza will be waived when Hyman returns. He’s not a great fit as a 4th line center. But gotta say if I’m looking for a mentor for L. Brown, White, or Norris. I’m bringing him back to Ottawa a 700k, and playing him ahead of Anisimov, Ryan, Boedker, or Beaudin.
- And then this segment on That’s Hockey, on TSN, started off with a hushed-toned wake for the Leafs’ career of Jason Spezza.
- Dave Poulin said he’d looked at the numbers, and he thinks the Leafs have no choice and will be waiving Spezza.
- He says Nic Petan will be sent down and that he’s already cleared waivers.
- He then says “he believes” that Dmytro Timashov will be sent down, and that Spezza would be the third forward sent down.
- To make room for Zach Hyman, the Leafs need to cut three players, add him from LTIR/IR, and finish at 21 in total. There’s no way to get 22 to fit in the available cap space.
- Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman yesterday reported teams contacted the Leafs to see if they were willing to move a big contract.
- However, they want to evaluate their roster when it’s fully healthy before making any decisions on a larger move.
- Spezza’s been a good soldier thus far but he’s been a frequent healthy scratch with the Leafs.
- The Senators are reportedly seeking another experienced forward.
- Maybe they’ll consider a reunion with Spezza.
- His contract (one-year, $700k) is affordable for the budget-conscious Sens.
Sources & Credits: Shawn Simpson, Spectors Hockey, KatyaKnappe, Pension Plan Puppet