That could have been Jason Spezza’s final game in the NHL.
After playing 1123 regular-season games in the league over a career that spanned 17 seasons, it’s difficult to say what the future holds for the 37-year-old. Other veterans like Henrik Lundqvist and Patrick Marleau had their last-chance Stanley Cup runs ended quickly, and it looked like Spezza was going to join them.
But he didn’t go down without a fight. Neither did his team.
Spezza’s best chance to win the Stanley Cup came back in 2007 with the Ottawa Senators. He was 23 years old at the time and had broken out as one of the league’s top young talents. Spezza posted 87 points in 67 regular-season games and a team-leading 22 points in 20 playoff games. The Sens would end up getting stopped in the Final by the Anaheim Ducks, bowing out in five games.
Back then, Spezza was that team’s version of Auston Matthews — the young, supremely talented centre tasked with carrying his team to success. Now, well over a decade later, Spezza is the veteran, mentoring the players that he used to be.
Spezza doesn’t have the ability to …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation