Spezza inked a one-year, $700,000 contract with Toronto on Monday.
Spezza will return to the Leafs for his 18th NHL season. The 37-year-old natural center has reached the 25-point mark in each of his previous three campaigns and should continue to provide similar value in a bottom-six role next year. Gone are the days of Spezza being an 80-90 point producer but he could still provide some depth fantasy value in deeper formats.
Spezza is hopeful that he'll return to the Maple Leafs for another season in 2020-21, TSN's Kristen Shilton reports.
On a conference call Tuesday, Spezza told reporters "I'm in it for as long as I can be so I can win a Stanley Cup. It's something that I dreamt of as a kid, and I would love nothing more than to do it here in Toronto." Spezza was playing solid hockey as a bottom-six option for the Maple Leafs prior to the NHL's stoppage, totaling nine goals and 25 points while averaging just 10:50 of ice time per contest in 58 appearances. If the 36-year-old pivot does re-sign with Toronto during the offseason, it will almost certainly be on another cheap, one-year deal.
Spezza generated an assist and two shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sabres.
Spezza was responsible for the primary assist on Yegor Korshkov's first career goal. Spezza is up to 22 points, 62 shots and a minus-4 rating through 48 games this year. The 36-year-old will likely continue to see bottom-six minutes, but his production is strong enough to attract a look in deep fantasy formats.
Spezza scored a goal on his only shot of the game in Monday's 5-2 victory versus the Predators.
Spezza beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from the right faceoff circle to put Toronto up 4-1 in the second period. It was the seventh goal of the year for Spezza and his first in six games. The 36-year-old has chipped in with 19 points in 38 games in his first season with the Maple Leafs.
Spezza dished out a power-play assist in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Devils.
This was Spezza's 1,100th NHL game, and he recorded his 18th point of the season. That's reasonably productive for the 36-year-old since he's used sparingly in the lineup, averaging 10:49 per game and usually sticking to the fourth line.
Spezza has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last six games.
Two of those points have come on the power play. Spezza is buzzing along with 16 points in 31 games. He's a marginal fantasy play in deep leagues, but at least he's making a contribution this late in his career.
Spezza scored a power-play goal Saturday in a 5-2 win over St. Louis.
He managed the goal in just nine seconds of work with the man advantage. Spezza's hands have never been debated, but his speed has. His ice time was limited to 9:40 on Saturday. Don't expect huge increases in that or a spot in the lineup every night. Just be glad he can put up points in such limited time. Spezza has actually put up eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last nine appearances (since Nov. 16). There may actually be some low-level fantasy value left in the old man's game.
Spezza scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Spezza tied the game at one in the third period, and then helped out on Zach Hyman's rebound goal as well, but it wasn't enough to change the result. Spezza has impressed with five points in his last five appearances. The 36-year-old has seven points and 22 shots on goal in 13 games overall. He's been in the lineup consistently with the Maple Leafs missing three regular forwards, but as the team gets healthier, Spezza would likely return to a part-time role.
Spezza scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Philadelphia.
It was his first goal as a Maple Leaf. Spezza plays limited minutes on an occasional basis, so that makes him all but useless in fantasy. But it's nice to see a Toronto-born guy live out his childhood dream.
Spezza recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Spezza has appeared in only two games this season, and he skated only 8:41 in this contest. The limited role will make it difficult for the Toronto native to match the 27 points he had last season with the Stars. He's safe to avoid from a fantasy perspective.
Spezza will be back in the lineup Monday after sitting out two of the Leafs' first three games.
So far, coach Mike Babcock has been alternating Spezza and Nick Shore as the fourth-line pivot. Neither man is standing out against the other, but neither is causing a problem, either. Spezza's fantasy value is long in the past at this point and that's made worse with part-time play.
Controversy about Spezza's future is swirling in Toronto following Coach Mike Babcock's comments about the center's interest level after Tuesday's exhibition loss to Ottawa, reports Sportsnet.ca.
Spezza inked a league-minimum one-year deal to play pivot on the team's fourth line. But he's neither fast nor rugged, the only two attributes typically carried by players on the bottom line. "He's trying to figure out if he's interested and we're doing the same," said Babcock. It's now the second time the tough-nosed coach has raised the same idea. We don't know if it's to take pressure off the younger players at the start of camp or if it's something else. Spezza signed thinking he'd perhaps still be able to contribute on the power play, but that's not a guarantee given the firepower in blue and white. It's probably best to leave this guy on the wire for now, as he'd likely be released or traded to another team before being sent to the AHL at this point in his storied career.
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.
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