Averages out to a 2.5M cap hit.
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Third, the now infamous 'post booed' game was an example of just how good spezza can be. He simplified his game and played in both zones - for one game!One game? Are you serious?
Spezza is a +3 right now. With a guy that is touted as such a great offensive player and for all the points he is on the ice for, he is on the ice for a lot of goals against as well. That makes him pretty much a wash doesn't it? The guy can be the flashiest player in the world, but if you are almost as responsible for as many goals in your own net as you are for goals in the other team's ... something needs to change.Are we watching the same player here? Spezza, after getting boo'd at the start of the season, pretty much stopped with the turnovers and took the offense on his back and carried them. This is the same guy that was our best player in the playoffs last year. When are people going to get off his back?
Murray has commented in the media, and Martin's views on the subject were even more apparent. And I just don't see that Spezza is working on his game at all. He is a great skilled player - that is not in doubt. Spezza's problem lies between his ears. He seemingly ignores his coaches' plees to simplify his game and play a more team oriented game.
There are times to play a high risk creative game, and there are times you shouldn't. Spezza doesn't seem to have the ability to distinguish between when he should and when he souldn't. He just seems like the cocky kid, who in his mind is thinking, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, coach must be speaking to the guys who aren't as gifted as me," as Murray and the coaching staff speaks to him. Hell, that probably has been true most of his life, but he's in the NHL now.
Coddling the kid is not going to make him improve, gotta put the screws to him and hold him accountable. That is the only way people improve. I don't see that he is mature enough to hold himself accountable. There is always an excuse. Always a way he can brush it off.
I mean right now holy crap look at our top 6 forwards: Alfie, Spezz, Heater, Fish, Comrie, Neil... thats a nice problem to have and I mean theres still Vermette, Shaef and Kelly......Neil?? No way is he better than Fisher, Vermette, or even Kelly.
He is a guy that will not play injured either.Please. He played through that back injury all playoffs.
You have to admit, though, his turnaround - metamorphosis, really - began right around the same time his name started to appear in speculation.His name has been in rumors for a while now so I don't think that's it.