Spezza wants to keep playing next season, but it won't be with the Stars, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Spezza failed to reach the 30-point mark for a second straight season, a far cry from the 90-point campaigns he put up earlier in his career while playing for Ottawa. At this point, the 35-year-old center will likely have to settle for a bottom-six, power-play specialist role, but the value he'll offer as a veteran leader is undeniable. For fantasy owners, the Toronto native's ceiling likely falls within the 30-35 point range, though that will obviously depend on the quality of players surrounding him.
Spezza scored a goal on his only shot in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5. Spezza is riding a three-game point streak, with two goals and an assist. He has five points through nine postseason appearances this year, with three of them coming on the man advantage. He's been selective with shooting, putting only 16 shots on goal in the playoffs, but he's making the most of his chances.
Spezza scored a power-play goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4. Spezza has seen his ice time decrease in the playoffs to 11:01 per game entering the night, and he has been under nine minutes in the last three contests. However, his production has increased with two goals and a helper in four games against the Blues. While he occupies a fourth-line role, the veteran does spend a disproportionate amount of time on the man advantage, which could give him some fantasy appeal.
Spezza scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1. Spezza's last goal came on Feb. 24, a span of 20 games during which the veteran managed only three helpers. He was scratched six times between his goals. Spezza has accumulated 67 points (23 goals, 44 helpers) over 74 postseason appearances in his career, but with his current fourth-line deployment, he's not expected to contribute to the offense frequently.
Spezza recorded an assist during Thursday's 4-0 shutout of the Avalanche. The assist gives him 27 points on the season; he passes last season's total of 26 but that's still a disappointing number for the former All-Star. This season will be only the second in which Spezza has played more than 40 games and scored less than 50 points.
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