Now that we are settling in to this lockout depression mode, it is hard to think or write about anything else.

With yesterday's big news that Senators star centre Jason Spezza is heading to the Swiss league to ply his trade during the lockout, I cannot help but be a little anxious.

Jason is coming off a year where he was the major reason the Senators made the playoffs. Yes, Erik Karlsson was a huge factor, but in watching videos compiling highlights of Erik's points from last season, you see a few times where Erik gives the puck to Jason, and Jason made things happen. It is no coincidence that rookie Colin Greening had almost 20 goals and that Milan Michalek was able to get 35 goals last season. Jason Spezza was back to being a dominant offensive force in the Eastern Conference.