TORONTO — New Toronto Maple Leafs centre Jason Spezza will be a healthy scratch for the season opener tonight against the visiting Ottawa Senators.
Head coach Mike Babcock’s decision will keep Spezza on the sidelines for a game against a Senators team that drafted him second overall in 2001.
Spezza played 10 seasons with the Senators from 2002 to 2014 before being traded to the Dallas Stars.
The 36-year-old Toronto native signed with the Maple Leafs for the NHL minimum US$700,000 this off-season.
Spezza has scored 332 times and registered 915 points in 1,065 regular-season games with Ottawa and Dallas to go along with 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) in 80 playoff outings.