Maple Leafs sign veteran centre Jason Spezza to one-year deal

Jason Spezza calls in and gives his thoughts on signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs for one year, including the leadership he can bring to the young core, the fit with his family, and the chance to help push the team over the edge.

For the second-straight year, an all-star centre is coming home to Toronto in free agency as Jason Spezza has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 36-year-old Toronto native is a 16-year NHL veteran who is leaving the Dallas Stars after five seasons. Before Dallas, Spezza played 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, where he was a two-time all-star and helped lead the Sens to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Last season with the Stars, Spezza appeared in 76 games as a depth centre, scoring eight goals and 27 points. He also won 58.2 per cent of his faceoffs last season, which was tied for the best among players who played primarily centre last season.

Spezza has 332 goals and 915 points in 1,065 games. In 80 playoff games he has 25 goals and 70 points.

July 1, 2019

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Jason Spezza
Centre
AGE: 36
LENGTH:
1 Year
CONTRACT TYPE:
Free Agency
SALARY CAP HIT:
$700,000
TOTAL:
$700,000

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