Question: If you think Jason Spezza will be traded in this off-season, where do you think he'll be sent? And what do you think the likely return might be?
Adnan: To the St. Louis Blues for Patrik Berglund, a prospect and a first round pick. My backup guess is to the Anaheim Ducks for Hampus Lindholm, a prospect and a second round pick but that is ripping Anaheim off big time. Maybe if the Ducks are desperate though.
nkb: You don't have high hopes for the return if the best the Sens can do is a blue chipper and fodder or a good 3C and a high pick.
Adnan: Yeah I don't really like the St. Louis package but it is a one year rental. Would love if we get my Anaheim package though.
Peter: The thing is, I don't think other teams would see the Spezza acquisition as a one-year rental--they'll likely have hopes that they can re-sign him, but will also be satisfied that they'll get an opportunity to audition him for this season before committing major money or term to him (sort of like what Ottawa did with Craig Anderson a few seasons ago).
Shattenkirk, Rattie, and a 2nd/3rd. That's probably not realistic, but that's what I'd like.
I've been saying all along what Peter said: Vanek yielded a tonne. Obviously Buffalo dealt with the Islanders, but I don't see how Spezza can't garner a nice return too. After watching Vanek in Montreal, I'd MUCH rather Spezza.
I can see a Ducks deal as well, and the package I'd expect is similar to what you all have been drawing up.
Toronto may be a possibility if Spezza says that's where he wants to go, which wouldn't surprise me seeing as he's from there. IF that's where he goes, package would probably be: Kadri, Gardiner, 2nd/3rd.
I'd also like to point out that teams fearful of 1 year rental with offer conditional picks instead of straight up picks with the condition being if Spezza re-signs.
New Jersey (they could use him too)
***Those are my wildcards.
To Sens: Josi, Taylor Beck/Pontus Aberg, 2nd?
Citizen: If there’s anybody scrutinized as much as Erik, it’s Jason Spezza, do you think he will be back in a Senators uniform?
Paul Maclean: Well, I truly believe that. We need him. He’s been an offensive player in the league his whole career. We’ve asked him to make some changes in his game, that’s he’s continued to work on. And he needs to continue to work on them. But we certainly expect he’s going to be here.
Ary: I'd be happy w/ Josi + prospect or 2015 2nd rd pick. I'm doubtful that we get him though.
Matt: Now just to be clear before I take any guff, I'm not naive enough to think that Spezza is safe from a Citizen article. As a journalist, what I am saying is that in a public forum, if someone's future is shaky, why not be non-committal and say things like 'we are checking out different options' or 'we need to make changes and no one is really safe'?