Originally written on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 11/21/12

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 25, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils won the game 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jason Spezza has informed Hockey Canada he is willing to participate in the Spengler Cup and to put it succinctly, it sickens me. On one hand, here is a player who has historically gone to considerable lengths to ingratiate himself to the fans, the organization, the media and his teammates. And we can add Hockey Canada to this growing list. Look, I understand this need to politick and make a favorable impression on HC brass as they do value loyalty and rewarding players who continue to answer the call. And with Sochi little more than a year away, Spezza’s willingness to play in the Spengler Cup should be seen for what it is: a fringe candidate who is eager to do whatever it takes to make the Olympic roster. Maybe that’s a harsh assessment of the situation and whether or not Spezza dons the maple leaf at the 2013 World Championships, he should not have to play in the Spengler. His exemplary numbers and play stand on their own merits. Moreover, the pool of candidates...
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