Speaking publicly for the first time since his season-end meeting with general manager Bryan Murray, the team's No. 1 centre and highest-paid player made it clear his preference has always been to stay in Ottawa.
There's been plenty of debate on the issue of Spezza's mindset since Murray told the media Spezza informed him he wouldn't "object" to being dealt.
"At no point did I ever demand a trade," Spezza said Tuesday at his annual charity golf tournament, being played at Greyhawk. "I've seen a lot of what's been written and talked about ... at the end of the year I was pretty emotional and upset ... I was upset at us losing, and I was upset at a bit of the response I got.
"I talked to Bryan and (said) I read the newspapers, I see every year there's trade talk about me. I just basically told him, if you want to move me, you can move me. Obviously, I had (a) no-trade clause coming up on July 1. I want to be here, but if he thinks it's best for the team for me not to be here, and the city, then he can move me.
"He told me he wasn't going to move me, and to be honest, I was happy about it, because I like being here in Ottawa."
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