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Melnyk says Senators need leadership, no word yet on Spezza's future

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Melnyk says Senators need leadership, no word yet on Spezza's future

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray says he hasn't offered captain Jason Spezza a new contract and he's not prepared to do so at the moment.

The 30-year-old Spezza has a no-trade clause and one year left on his current deal.

He had 66 points over 75 games in his first season as team captain.

Murray held a season-ending availability today after his team finished in a tie for 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

He also says the Senators need another big forward who can play a "harder game" for the team.

Murray adds that careless plays and turnovers were a problem this past season and led to a high goals against total.

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