Jason Spezza signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.
The 37-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent Oct. 9. He scored 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 58 games for the Maple Leafs this season. He did not have a point in a five-game loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Selected by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 2 pick in the 2001 NHL Draft, Spezza has scored 940 points (341 goals, 599 assists) in 1,123 games with the Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars and Senators. He’s scored at least 32 goals five times and at least 21 nine times during 17 NHL seasons.
Spezza has scored 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) in 85 playoff games, and helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.