Jason Spezza open to the idea of returning to Ottawa Senators.
The 36-year-old center will become a free agent for the first time in his career on July 1 and told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun for the Athletics that his relationship was continuing strongly with him; the institution where the first 11 terms of his career were spent.
“It's still early in this process but I have a good relationship with the people in Ottawa who are still there,” Spezza told LeBrun. “My list of considerations would be high. I left there on good terms. It certainly keeps the door open. Our food is to think, certainly. But it is so early in the process, we will see. ''
Born in Mississauga, Ont., Spezza completed his fifth season with the Stars after his trade application of the Sens was given in 2014.
He appeared in 76 games last season, scoring eight goals and 19 helping. He added three goals and two assisted in 11 playoffs competition.
But Spezza's future will not be Dallas, as he and the general manager Jim Nill have agreed that it is time to move on.
"He can continue to perform a role," Nill said. "It was good for us in the play games. He was disappointed in his production in the regular season but still can play a particular role. He's still one of the best men in the league. It's still very good on the power play. Again, it was good for us in the play games, Unfortunately, we have some younger players coming in, and the salary cap, it was t But Jason is still a useful player who has had a great career.
For his part, Spezza says that he intends to play in 17th season.
“I think I have something I can add to a team,” Spezza. “I don't see a reason to stop just because it has been difficult for me. And I think by playing in the play games and having a kind of effect, I reiterated with me that I can continue to contribute. And physically, I feel good. "
In 1,065 career matches over 16 seasons with the Sens and Stars, Spezza has identified 332 goals and 583 assists.
687 Spezza points in Senator uniform are second in franchise history.