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"Jason Spezza announced today his retirement from the NHL after 19 seasons. He will be joining the Maple Leafs' front office effective immediately. "

 

Dude played 19 years and they won't even give him a week or so off?

Brutal.

 

 

 

congrats Jason- you had a very good career.

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Sad the leafs probably forced this. For a 4th line player he added alot. Still had 25 pts in that role. He was making league min and was willing to do the same but only willing to play for the leafs.

 

My guess is they said we need that 900k elsewhere, and given he won't play anywhere else, he's retiring. He def had one to two years left in him, as he can still skate at 25 pts from your 4th line center is very good production.

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One of the more underrated players during his career. Never hit 100 points, but that was due to injury. In both 2005-06 and 2006-07, he was on pace for over 105 points in 82 games, but missed 14 and 15 games with injury, respectively. Five points shy of 1000 points unfortunately. The interesting question will be if he's considered for the HHOF. I'm leaning towards no personally, despite how underrated he was.

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13 minutes ago, NucknAsia said:

Sad the leafs probably forced this. For a 4th line player he added alot. Still had 25 pts in that role. He was making league min and was willing to do the same but only willing to play for the leafs.

 

My guess is they said we need that 900k elsewhere, and given he won't play anywhere else, he's retiring. He def had one to two years left in him, as he can still skate at 25 pts from your 4th line center is very good production.

I think it's going to Campbell. That's what they get for signing Mrazek to that contract.

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I thought it was odd for him to be out there in the final minutes vs Tampa when Toronto needed a goal.

 

But it makes sense now with him retiring. 

 

Kudos to Spezza on his career, and to Keefe for giving him an important final shift.

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3 hours ago, gurn said:

"Jason Spezza announced today his retirement from the NHL after 19 seasons. He will be joining the Maple Leafs' front office effective immediately. "

 

Dude played 19 years and they won't even give him a week or so off?

Brutal.

 

 

 

congrats Jason- you had a very good career.

Joining the Leaf's front office because he LOVES a hard luck case.... ;)

 

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13 hours ago, -AJ- said:

One of the more underrated players during his career. Never hit 100 points, but that was due to injury. In both 2005-06 and 2006-07, he was on pace for over 105 points in 82 games, but missed 14 and 15 games with injury, respectively. Five points shy of 1000 points unfortunately. The interesting question will be if he's considered for the HHOF. I'm leaning towards no personally, despite how underrated he was.

I don't think he makes it, of that monster trio I think the only one who gets in is Alfy and even he'll take a while. 

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13 hours ago, -AJ- said:

One of the more underrated players during his career. Never hit 100 points, but that was due to injury. In both 2005-06 and 2006-07, he was on pace for over 105 points in 82 games, but missed 14 and 15 games with injury, respectively. Five points shy of 1000 points unfortunately. The interesting question will be if he's considered for the HHOF. I'm leaning towards no personally, despite how underrated he was.

 

Great player but I wouldn't have him in the HOF, though he's not that far off.  I have several players ahead of him who aren't in the HOF...Brian Propp, Bernie NIcholls, Pierre Turgeon, Jeremy Roenick, Dave Taylor, Rod Brind'Amour, Rick Middleton, John Tonelli, Steve Larmer, Bobby Smith, Reggie Leach, etc.  Possibly Charlie Simmer, Rene Robert, Rick Martin, Tim Kerr, Kirk Muller and Pete Mahovlich.  That's just forwards...

 

 

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