When dealing with hockey rumors, fans are typically forced to rely on a small handful of insiders for their dose of drama and intrigue. Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray took all of the guesswork out of the shaky Jason Spezza situation by openly admitting that his captain had asked to be traded.
Rumors had been swirling after TSN's Steve Warne Tweeted that the Senators had removed Spezza's image from advertising materials for the 2014-15 campaign. Now we know why.
Murray spoke to reporters about the 30-year-old center following a round of offseason GM meetings, and Dan Rosen from NHL.com captured the following comments:
I don't want to trade the guy, really, and I know I won't get the value, in all likelihood, that I should get for him. But I think that Jason feels maybe there's a change that he would like to have happen, and if that's the case we'll try to do what we can... It'll probably be another few weeks, at least, before anything comes down that might be a worthwhile trade [to talk] about.
By going public with Spezza's trade demand, Murray only answered part of the riddle. Now that we know the high-end pivot won't be back in Ottawa, we move on and wonder where he'll be lacing up his skates come October.
Worth keeping in mind is that this is a ranking of where Spezza would fit in. These are the best landing spots. Best isn't synonymous with most likely, but all five of these destinations make sense for all parties involved.