This afternoon, Kyle Dubas confirmed something we all expected would happen, and signed Jason Spezza to a one-year contract.
Spezza’s staying home!— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 16, 2021
Jason Spezza has signed a one-year contract extension. #LeafsForever
Jason Spezza returns to the #leafs next season on his third straight league-minimum contract: $750,000.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 16, 2021
This will be Spezza’s third kick at the can with the Leafs, trying to win his first Stanley Cup in his career, and bring the Cup back to Toronto for the first time in... well you know.
For what it’s worth, the success with Spezza the last two seasons is likely one of the reasons why Dubas felt comfortable also signing veterans like Thornton last year. Joe’s time in Toronto did not work out as well, but Spezza had an amazing season. In 54 games, he had 10 goals and 30 points mostly playing the wing on the fourth line and averaging 11 minutes per game. He followed that up with 3 goals and 2 points in the 7 games against the Habs in the playoffs.
Considering his usage, his point rates were among the league’s best for his minutes and cap hit. So it always made perfect sense for the Leafs and Spezza to try again, considering he has said he only wants to play for Toronto by now.
Looking forward to more vintage goals from Spezz!