Spezza signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Maple Leafs on Monday.
The 36-year-old joins his hometown team to advance his NHL career for a 17th NHL season. With an elite crop of centers -- including John Tavares, Auston Matthews and William Nylander -- occupying the top six for the Buds, fantasy owners shouldn't expect Spezza to wiggle his way into a position that would yield plentiful returns in the fantasy realm, but the celebrated pivot does have plenty of experience working on the man advantage. With Spezza's best days behind him, you can get him for pennies on the dollar in fantasy drafts this fall.
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.
Spezza delivered a goal to complement a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Predators.
Spezza opened the scoring for the Stars and it was his pass to Esa Lindell on a man-advantage rush that capped off the veteran's sixth two-point effort of the 2018-19 campaign. With seven goals and 17 assists in 57 games, Spezza should be waiver fodder in shallow leagues, but don't forget that he's one of the most accomplished centers in the game. The 35-year-old has posted 910 career points (330 goals, 580 assists) over 1,045 games between the Senators and Stars.
Spezza is stuck in a 10-game pointless drought.
While Spezza needs only five points to match his total of 26 from the 2017-18 season, the veteran has gone cold with the Stars winning only four times since he last hit the scoresheet. He's been operating on a checking line, but Spezza has the track record to make himself a reasonable DFS dart.
Spezza supplied an even-strength goal and a power-play assist Saturday, causing the Red Wings fits in a 5-1 home win.
The respected veteran is just two goals and three assists shy of matching his offensive totals from the 2017-18 campaign, when he appeared in 78 games but produced only 26 points. Of course, last year was an outlier against Spezza's career numbers, with the most glaring negative having been his career-low 5.8 shooting percentage. The 35-year-old has conjured a more serviceable 11.1 conversion rate on shots this time around.
Spezza (illness) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Wild, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Spezza missed the Stars' last two games due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined long term. The veteran pivot is expected to return to a prominent role, centering the third line and top power-play unit.
Spezza (illness) will miss Thursday's matchup with Chicago, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Spezza reportedly lost eight pounds while he was sick, so he will need some time to fully recover and get back to game speed. The center probably should be considered a game-time decision versus Minnesota on Saturday, although no official determination has been announced by the team.
Spezza won't play Tuesday against the Flames due to an illness, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
According to Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News, Spezza has been diagnosed with strep throat, so he may be in danger of missing multiple contests. Another update on the veteran pivot's status should surface prior to Thursday's matchup with Chicago.
Spezza tallied two assists Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Islanders.
Spezza, 35, isn't the offensive catalyst he was during his younger playing days. His two helpers against New York moved him to 13 points on the season and while it appears he's moved past last season's 26-point disaster, Spezza remains a risky fantasy option considering he lacks the consistency that once made him a fantasy stud.
Spezza had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals.
Spezza, who recently turned over 1,000 on the game odometer, has been a surprising source of offense. He has three goals and 10 points in 13 games. We're not certain Spezza can keep it up, especially after last year's 26 points in 78 games. But then again, he could still come close to 50 points. Your format will dictate if that means value or not.
Spezza will play in his 1,000th career game when the Stars square off against the Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Spezza has recorded 326 goals and 570 assists over 16 seasons between the Senators and Stars. The venerable pivot looks rejuvenated in Dallas under new coach Jim Montgomery, as he's only 18 points away from matching his 2017-18 total in 68 fewer games. Two catalysts behind the rebirth of Spezza's game is that he's taking a career-high 63.5 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone this season, plus, the 35-year-old has seen close to a full-minute increase in playing time on the man advantage.
Spezza set up a Blake Comeau goal and scored a goal of his own Tuesday, helping his team earn a 4-2 win over Los Angeles.
The 35-year-old is having a bit of a renaissance so far in 2018, as he's up to seven points in his first eight games of the campaign. He's not likely to continue this pace and rediscover the point-per-game ability he had in his prime, but he's showing signs of being a useful option when he's on the ice in most formats.
Spezza registered a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-1 road loss to the Senators.
Some pundits believed Spezza was going to have his contract bought out by the Stars ahead of this season, but GM Jim Nill shot those rumors down back in June. So far, it seems like that was the right call, as Spezza has three power-play apples (four total) through five games. The second overall pick (Ottawa, 2001) once again looks like a useful fantasy option in the top six for a Stars team at 3-2-0 and sitting in the middle of the Central Division standings.
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.
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