Jason Spezza is open to the idea of a return to Ottawa senators.
The soon 36-year-old center will be a free agent for the first time in his career on July 1 and told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun for Athletic that his relationship is strong with the organization where he spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career.
"It is still early in this process but I have a good relationship with the people in Ottawa who are still there," Spezza told LeBrun. "It would be high on my list of considerations that are safe. I left it on good terms. It definitely keeps the door open. It's safe to think about. But it's so early in the process, we'll see." & # 39;
A native of Mississauga, Ont., Spezza just finished her fifth season with the stars after his Sensen trade request was granted in 2014.
He appeared in 76 matches this season and scored eight goals and 19 assistances. He added three goals and two help in 11 playoffs competitions.
But Spezza's future will not be in Dallas, as he and General Manager Jim Nill have agreed that it is time to move on.
"He can still fulfill a role," Nill said. "He was good for us in the playoffs. He was disappointed with his production in regular season but he can still fulfill a certain role. He is still one of the best dragons in the league. He is still very good at the power game. Again he was good For us in the playoffs, unfortunately we have some younger players coming in, and the salary head, it was just kind of time, but Jason is still a useful player who has had a good career.
For his part, Spezza says he wants to play in a 17th season.
"I think I have something I can add to a team," Spezza. "I see no reason to stop just because it has been a difficult stretch for me. And I believe by playing in the playoffs and having an impact, I confirmed with me that I can still contribute. And physically I feel good."
In 1,065 career games over 16 seasons with Sens and Stars, Spezza has recorded 332 goals and 583 assists.
Spezza's 687 points in a senator's uniform are second most in franchise history.