Spezza will not be subjected to a contract buyout from the Stars, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. The Stars could save $2.5 million dollars over a two-year span by purchasing Spezza's contract, but GM Jim Nill apparently is not interesting in going that route. This is a nice consolation prize for the heady veteran after he experienced a 24-point drop last season and wound up with only eight goals and 18 assists over 78 games. Still, Spezza will probably need to make his way back into the top-six group to regain prominence in most fantasy setups -- even though it looks like he'll always be an option on the power play.
Spezza posted career lows offensively with eight points and 18 helpers in 2017-18. Since entering the league in 2002, Spezza has racked up at least 50 points in every full season he's played. However, the 34-year-old pivot dropped to the third line this season, behind young talents Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa. No longer surrounded by top-six forwards, Spezza's production dropped dramatically. The Ontario native will need to turn it around for his contract year in 2018-19, and he could be a hot deadline option if the Stars fall out of contention.
Spezza (back) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. Spezza's return to action will bolster the Stars' depth up front, but fantasy owners may want to see how he performs following his three-game absence before slotting him back into their lineups, as he's been ice cold recently, tallying one assist in his last 19 contests. He'll occupy a bottom-six role against Philadelphia, skating with Jason Dickinson and Remi Elie on Dallas' fourth line.
Spezza (back) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's home tilt against the Flyers, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. Five days ago, reports surfaced about how Spezza wouldn't even be reevaluated for a span of two weeks, but evidently, those plans have changed and his health has improved. The playmaking pivot, who's enjoyed an illustrious career comprised of 887 points (323 goals, 564 assists) over 983 career contests, presumably will take pregame warmups to determine if he'll be good enough to play.
Spezza (back) won't even be reevaluated for two more weeks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. At this rate, Spezza will be lucky to return by the end of the regular season, and the Stars have serious work to do in order to wind up in the playoffs. Fortunately for the team, forward Brett Ritchie (lower body) is set to return for Friday's home clash with the Bruins.
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