Maple Leafs’ urgency in Stanley Cup window offers lessons for Blue Jays
TORONTO – Jason Spezza broke into the NHL as a 19-year-old with the Ottawa Senators in 2002-03, appeared in three games as his team advanced to the Eastern Conference final and immediately assumed every season was going to be just like that one.
Nearly two decades later, the 38-year-old centre knows better than to take the type of extended win-now window he graduated into for granted. He lived through the rise and fall of an NHL team’s competitive cycle over 11 years with the Senators, experienced ups and downs during five seasons with the Dallas Stars and is now back for a third try with the Stanley-Cup-or-bust Toronto Maple Leafs.
Better than most, he understands the stakes, the opportunity and how fleeting it all can be.
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