Jason Spezza RUMORS & NEWS

  • Sens captain Jason Spezza knows he could have played better

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza is finally starting to feel good about himself and his game. Unfortunately, it's not soon enough. The Senators' captain admitted late Saturday night he struggled before Christmas and didn't perform up to expectations he set for himself after having back surgery during the..." April 06

  • Ottawa Senators' Spezza still out

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza told reporters he felt "pretty good" after taking the morning skate. Apparently, not good enough to play. The Senators' captain sat for the second straight game Wednesday night against the New York Islanders with a "lower body" injury that coach Paul MacLean thought may have..." April 03

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    Don Brennan @SunDoniB

    Cown and Spezza both have sustained lower body injuries. They will be replaced by Ceci and Pageau #sens

  • Do the Ottawa Sens want to continue with Jason Spezza at helm?

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza's first year as the Senators captain has turned into a nightmare. Will there even be a second? The Ottawa centre will enter the final season of his contract in October, but it seems management has a decision to make in the months leading up to it. Will there be a concerted..." March 24

  • Ottawa Sens GM Bryan Murray upset with Jason Spezza trade rumours

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza shouldn't be concerned. The rumour mill shifted into high gear Monday when two reports surfaced the Senators were “quietly” shopping captain Spezza and could move him before Wednesday’s deadline. GM Bryan Murray wasn’t amused because in today’s day and age the talk quickly went..." March 04

  • Senators gauging the market for captain Jason Spezza

    The Fourth Period "A trade isn't imminent, but if the right offer comes across the table, the Ottawa Senators would be willing to trade captain Jason Spezza, TFP has learned. Spezza, 30, has one-year left on his contract beyond this season. While his salary cap hit is $7 million, he's making $5 million this year..." March 03

  • Spezza feels the cold, Bishop finds old friends

    Senators Extra "We’ve all been forced to endure the ugly numbers of the winter season, -20 C, -30 C, desperately hoping for warmer days ahead. Jason Spezza feels your pain. As much as the Ottawa Senators captain tries not to look too hard at the stats sheet, he acknowledges it’s impossible to ignore the..." January 31

  • Spezza ‘plugging along’ in difficult season

    Senators Extra "Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jason Spezza’s point totals are decent: 13 goals and 22 assists in 47 games, with one goal and three assists in his last five games. But they’re not what we’ve come to expect from Spezza, who has averaged a point a game in his..." January 28

  • Ottawa Sens captain Jason Spezza knows he needs to score

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza is well aware he is here to produce points. He knows he hasn't been doing it enough lately. The Senators' top centre has five points (2-3) in the club's last 12 games. If Ottawa is to make the playoffs, they'll need more production as they prepare to hit the 50-game mark Tuesday..." January 20

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    Don Brennan @SunDoniB

    Spezza ready to make his return to the lineup. Senators 4-0 since his absence. #sens

  • Sens captain Jason Spezza and alternate Chris Phillips will be out of action against Capitals

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators will have to soldier on without two of their leaders. Neither captain Jason Spezza or alternate Chris Phillips will be ready to suit up against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Monday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. While Phillips' foot is still hurting after..." December 30

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    David Amber @DavidAmber

    #Sens Captain Jason Spezza OUT tonight LBI and Chris Phillips also OUT tonight- left foot. @hockeynight

  • Sens captain Jason Spezza trying to lead by example

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza hopes the 'C' on his chest isn't the mark he gets for leadership. He certainly deserves an 'A' for his attitude through rough times. Now, three months into his tenure with the Phoenix Coyotes in town Saturday for a matinee, Spezza is trying to lead by example to right the ship..." December 21

  • Sens captain Jason Spezza’s eye on Stanley Cup, not goals

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza is determined to be a complete captain. The biggest part of the job: To lead by example. As the Senators prepare to contine this five-game homestand Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators captain revealed to the Sun he’s..." November 11

  • Senators Spezza relishes playing against top centres

    Ottawa Sun "Whether he has last change or not, Paul MacLean usually wants his best against the opponent's best. He wants Jason Spezza on the ice against the other team's top centre. "In Detroit they picked the matchup," MacLean said, referring to what was ultimately a 6-1 victory over the Red Wings...." October 27

  • Sens captain Jason Spezza stealing the show

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza had two goals vs. the Wings Wednesday. He was named the eighth captain in franchise history on Sept. 14. He has 6-2-8 points in his last four games and is tied for second in the NHL with seven goals this season. Jason Spezza served notice to his teammates, to himself and maybe even..." October 25

  • Senators' Jason Spezza a natural in 4-3 win over Coyotes

    Ottawa Sun "A tip of the cap to Jason Spezza. He was sizzling in the desert Tuesday night. The Senators centre completed his fifth career hat-trick to help Ottawa come back from a 2-0 deficit and halt a four-game winless streak with a dramatic 4-3 OT victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. It took a little..." October 16

  • Senators Jason Spezza expected to play Saturday

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza looked good Friday. The better news is he skated without pain for the fourth straight day. All signs point to his return to the Senators lineup Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center but he and coach Paul MacLean were both being cautious in giving a final..." October 12

  • Senators captain Jason Spezza aims to return from injury Saturday in San Jose

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza isn’t resting his injury. He’s pushing it to make sure he can return. While most of his teammates did an off-ice workout at the club’s hotel Thursday the Senators’ captain was on the ice with Jared Cowen Eric Gryba Matt Kassian and Robin Lehner at a suburban arena. After..." October 11

  • Sens task against Kings daunting if Spezza can’t play

    Ottawa Citizen "The story is all about Jason Spezza’s lingering groin strain and the Ottawa Senators seemingless endless losing streak in these parts. On Wednesday the Senators may very well be without Spezza their captain and No. 1 centre as they attempt to end their unlucky 13-year stretch without a victory..." October 09

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    Ian Mendes @ian_mendes

    Spezza says he's feeling fine after today's skate. Doesn't appear to be any issues with the groin.

  • Senators' injured captain Jason Spezza expected to be ready for season opener

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza missed another practice with his teammates Saturday but the Senators have no concern about his availability for the regular season opener. Coach Paul MacLean did reveal for the first time that the injury his No. 1 centre is dealing with is a “minor groin” problem and said Spezza..." September 28

  • Spezza named captain for Senators

    NHL.com "Jason Spezza has been named the new captain of the Ottawa Senators the team announced Saturday. Spezza who has been Ottawa's No. 1 center for much of his 10-year NHL career was the No. 2 pick in the 2001 NHL Draft and fulfilled his promise in becoming one of the League's top offensive players...." September 14

  • Senators Spezza and Ryan learning each other's game in a hurry

    Ottawa Sun "Chemistry class was the first order of business as the Senators hit the ice Thursday morning. While there are 55 players in camp a lot of eyes will be on centre Jason Spezza along with wingers Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan as the Senators officially start to prepare for their season opener Oct...." September 13

  • Spezza eager, Michalek good to go

    Ottawa Citizen "It must get like this around a theatre production toward the end of rehearsals. Actors get antsy to get on with the show. As they finish the last of their casual dress rehearsal skates National Hockey League players are ready to get back to work. Depending on how successful their teams were..." September 10

  • Sens' Jason Spezza feeling fine after injury-plagued season

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza feels fine thank you. The Senators centre has had no issues with the back issue that kept him out until the playoffs last spring and the knee surgery he had in June was minor by all standards. In fact he was on the ice all last month preparing for this season. "I have put in..." August 10

  • Jason Spezza feels ready for Ottawa captaincy

    Ottawa Citizen "In his first interview since Daniel Alfredsson left the Senators centre Jason Spezza talks about the future captaincy and life without Alfie. How’s your summer been? It’s been really good. Lots of family time we’ve been here in Etobicoke the whole time. Got away for a little bit. My parents..." August 08

  • Senators' Spezza played through knee injury

    NHL.com "Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza told reporters Monday that he sustained a knee injury during his recovery from back surgery, which delayed his return to the lineup. Spezza said he tore the meniscus in his knee while training, but was able to work through it and return to the lineup for the..." May 27

  • Spezza feeling good day after double-OT triumph

    NHL.com "Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza was his usual smiling self Monday, seemingly suffering no ill effects after Ottawa's grinding double-overtime victory Sunday. The Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, breathing new hope into the..." May 20

  • All eyes on Jason Spezza as Senators regroup for Game 3

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza will be the centre of attention Sunday night. Trailing 2-0 in their Round 2 series to the Pittsburgh Penguins as it shifts to Scotiabank Place for Game 3, the Senators are buoyed by the return of their top centre to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 27th. Gone nearly four..." May 19

  • Ottawa should get boost with return of Jason Spezza

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins will have one extra problem to deal with tonight: Ottawa center Jason Spezza is expected back for Game 3. Spezza held court at his locker Saturday afternoon to share the news that has been much anticipated in these parts. "I feel good," said Spezza. "It's gotten better and better..." May 19

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    Ian Mendes @ian_mendes

    Jason Spezza confirms that he is ready to play in Game 3 tomorrow.

  • Jason Spezza could return to Senators for Game 3

    Ottawa Sun "It wasn't just the earthquake shifting the ground around Ottawa. There's a strong possibility Senators' centre Jason Spezza could return to the lineup for Game 3 of the club's playoff series Sunday night at Scotiabank Place against the Penguins. Coach Paul MacLean told reporters Spezza is..." May 17

  • Wanted: Centre for Senators’ first line, power play

    Ottawa Citizen "The Ottawa Senators are in desperate need of Jason Spezza’s offensive touch. Now. But the way coach Paul MacLean was talking Wednesday afternoon, Spezza isn’t ready to return to the lineup for Game 2 of the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins here Friday. At least not yet. “I think..." May 16

  • Sens star Jason Spezza still stuck in Ottawa, out for Game 2

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators don't need to put an SOS out just yet. Trailing their Round 2 series to the Pittsburgh Penguins after a 4-1 loss in Game 1, the question whispered in the bowels of the Consol Energy Center Wednesday was whether Jason Spezza will be parachuted in to join this series. The club's..." May 16

  • Spezza back at practice, but proceeding with caution

    Ottawa Citizen "As Jason Spezza held court in front of his locker stall Sunday, wearing an ear-to-ear grin after his first practice with his Ottawa Senators teammates in 15 weeks, he was trying his best to curb lofty expectations. Spezza is making no promises about when — or even if — he’ll return to the..." May 13

  • Jason Spezza practices with teammates for first time since back surgery

    NHL.com "It has been a long time coming, but Jason Spezza hit the ice today for practice with the Sens. It's his first appearance on the ice alongside his teammates since his last game on January 27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, his last game prior to undergoing back surgery on February 1. The team..." May 12

  • Spezza skating with Black Aces, closer to returning

    Ottawa Citizen "Ottawa’s opponent for the next round of the playoffs could be determined as early as Saturday night, when the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a 3-2 lead, try to finish off the New York Islanders. But there’s a more important question on the mind of Ottawa’s fans: Will Jason Spezza return for the..." May 10

  • Ottawa Sens star Jason Spezza returns to the ice

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators need one more comeback to complete the hat trick -- and to become complete. They need Jason Spezza in the lineup, and while he's nowhere near that point just yet, there has been some movement. Coach Paul MacLean confirmed whispers that his star centre -- out since back surgery..." April 27

  • Senators centre Jason Spezza may not return this season because of back injury

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators are no longer counting on Jason Spezza getting back this season. Senators GM Bryan Murray told CTV Ottawa before Thursday's visit by the New York Rangers that the back surgery the club's top centre had may not allow him to return this year "(Erik) Karlsson and (Spezza) are real..." March 29

  • MacLean says he has ‘no idea’ about report claiming Spezza setback

    Ottawa Citizen "An RDS report late Wednesday suggested that injured Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza could need more time than expected to return from his back disc surgery and could still be out for another month, but Senators coach Paul MacLean says he was unaware of anything new development in his recovery. “I..." March 14

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    Renaud Lavoie @

    Jason Spezza won't be back in 2 weeks. Still some stiffness in the back. Could take another 4 weeks.

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    Darren Dreger @

    Saw Jason Spezza on a stationary bike before the game at ACC. Says he has medical clearance to advance his workout routine a tad more.

  • Michalek under pressure to score without Spezza

    Ottawa Sun "Milan Michalek is trying not to put any pressure on himself. He's getting enough from everybody in the media. The Senators winger doesn't have to be told he hasn't scored in five games as the club prepares to host the Winnipeg Jets Saturday at Scotiabank Place. With two goals in the..." February 09

  • Ottawa Senators have decisions to make now that Jason Spezza is out of lineup

    Ottawa Sun "Through eight games this season, the Senators look quite good with a record of 5-2-1. Craig Anderson is playing like a goaltender possessed, Kyle Turris looks to have taken his game to another level and Erik Karlsson is clearly the best defenceman in the game right now. With Jason Spezza..." February 03

  • Senators not panicking sans Spezza

    Ottawa Citizen "At first glance, the loss of Jason Spezza would appear to be a massive blow to the Ottawa Senators. Spezza, who was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday for a herniated disc in his back, finished fourth in league scoring last season (84 points in 80 games) and even earned a mention or two in..." February 02

  • Scared About Spezza?

    Silver Seven "Now that we are settling in to this lockout depression mode, it is hard to think or write about anything else. With yesterday's big news that Senators star centre Jason Spezza is heading to the Swiss league to ply his trade during the lockout, I cannot help but be a little anxious. Jason is..." September 20

  • Spezza signs with Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of Swiss league

    Silver Seven "According to a release on their team website (and pointed out by The 6th Sens' SteffeG), Ottawa Senators star centre Jason Anthony Rocco Spezza, aka "lebende Legende des Eishockeysports" (translated: living legend of hockey) has signed with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of Switzerland's top pro..." September 19

  • Spezza is what he is — get used to it

    Ottawa Citizen "Now that the current captain of the Ottawa Senators is gone from the building, alone with his thoughts on whether he'll return to the Scotiabank Place stage, it's time to turn our attention to the next captain. Jason Spezza is a great subject, if only because the mere mention of his name often..." April 30

  • No Hart for Spezza

    Ottawa Sun "Jason Spezza played with heart this season, but he didn't get enough votes for the Hart Trophy. The Senators centre wasn't one of the three finalists for the trophy as the league's MVP in voting done by the Professional Hockey Writers Association." April 28

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