Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed on Wednesday that star center Jason Spezza has "requested we give him a chance to go elsewhere.”

Well, guess that’s why he’s been pulled from all the advertising material for next season...

There have been rumors since the end of the season that Spezza, the Senators captain, would part ways with the only franchise he’s played for – which is becoming an annual rite for Ottawa – as he enters the final year of a 7-year contact.

That contract carries a hefty $7 million cap hit, but according to Cap Geek the base salary for Spezza next season dips to $4 million, making him more appealing to teams that might be a tad more cash strapped. He still holds a bit of control over his destiny modified no-trade clause – he can limit the field to 19 teams via a 10-team “no trade” list – but that’s still a wide field of teams vying for his services.

Spezza had 23 goals and 43 assists in 75 games for the Senators this season, although he was a slight drag on possession for the team when he was on the ice (minus-1.1% in Fenwick, minus-0.2% in corsi at even strength). He’s a former 90-point center (in 2007-08) who will turn 31 this Friday.