After the Toronto Maple Leafs lost in the first round for the the fifth straight playoffs we all knew Leafs’ General Manager, Kyle Dubas, would be busy. Looking at this roster and trying to figure out, why this team can’t close in the playoffs? One Question mark around this roster was Jason Spezza. Would he come back for another season? The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have re-signed center Jason Spezza to a one-year contract extension worth $750,000. This signing does not come as a surprise as Spezza told reporters after the season that he wanted to come back to Toronto, as he felt there was unfinished business here.
Spezza has been a big part of this team’s core, running the bottom 6. With 30 points in 54 games this season, Leafs nation has to be happy with his output. Out of those 30 points 5 of them came on the power play however, Jason does more for this team besides secondary scoring. Spezza had his third best season in his career in the face-off circle winning 56.94 percent of his face-offs. With Spezza being so good in his face-off game, this makes him a great asset for the penalty kill. Jason also raised his game to another level in the playoffs with 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points in 7 games. Last but not least, Jason adds leadership to this very young team. The Leafs are built around their young talent and a veteran presence on the bench and in the locker room is worth its weight in gold.
Overall, I would say this is a great move for the Leafs, going forward. You will not find a better center-man for the price than Jason Spezza. Stay locked to ONNTV and SaultOnline for all your updates on the Maple Leafs’ busy off-season.