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Spezza trade non-starter for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 14, 2010 01:47 PM

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Not sure where rumors of the Bruins trading the No. 2 pick to Ottawa for Jason Spezza are coming from. The Ottawa Citizen addressed the speculation, calling it "unlikely" that the Bruins would make such a deal. You can add "outlandish" as another adjective to describe a Spezza-for-Seguin/Hall trade.

1. Center is a position of strength for the Bruins, with Marc Savard, David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron occupying the top three spots. Savard has a no-trade clause. Krejci, who has two years remaining on his deal ($3.75 million annually), isn't going anywhere. Bergeron is entering the final year of his contract and has a no-trade clause that becomes active on July 1. But the Bruins are more likely to extend Bergeron than deal arguably their best player from 2009-10.

2. The Bruins are already facing cap issues (approximately $51 committed to 2010-11 already). Spezza is due $7 million annually for the next five seasons. It would take multiple moves to free up space to fit Spezza's salary under the ceiling.

3. Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall project to be franchise players due only $900,000 in base salary for each of their first three NHL seasons.

4. If Spezza were the big, puck-possessing, grinding type of center (think Ryan Getzlaf), he might be a fit in Boston. Spezza does not have that type of game.

5. If Ottawa GM Bryan Murray had the No. 2 pick and bundled it with Spezza, then the Bruins might start listening.

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