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SPEZZA WILL HANG UP THE SKATES IF CLAIMED ON WAIVERS

According to agent Rick Curran, veteran forward Jason Spezza will retire if another NHL team claims him off the waiver wire.

The Toronto Maple Leafs put two players on waivers Sunday, which included Spezza and No. 3 goalie Aaron Dell. They had to make some roster changes due to the knee injury Nick RObertson suffered.

The 37-year-old is currently playing for a league minimum of $700,000 to play for his hometown team in Toronto, and he would like to finish his career there. He has no intention of playing anywhere else.

"He'll simply retire," Curran said Sunday.

Spezza knew that this kind of roster move was possible due to the surplus of forwards on the Maple Leafs roster after he signed a new contract back in October. He is content with serving as a depth player to help mentor younger players on the team.



The center is averaging just 7:44 in the first 3 games of 2021, recording one assist. He is adept at taking faceoffs, as he won all 10 that he took during Saturday's 3-2 victory versus the Ottawa Senators.

The hope is for Spezza to remain in Toronto, as it would be nice to see the hometown player ride off into the sunset on this team.

BRENNEN BEAUDIN
JANUARY 17, 2021  (13H55)
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