"I think Jason Spezza has reached the stage of his career where he really wants to be coached. To this point I think he's done it mostly on talent. But I think he now realizes he needs more than that natural talent to go to another level.
"I can see here that he wants to be coached. He wants information. I think he's come to the realization that he needs coaching help to get better."
Well, maybe not.
This tourney's been short on intrigue so far, but the Spezza chronicles are starting to get interesting. Hitchcock's hardly playing the Senators star, has him down on the fourth line, and today had some pretty peculiar comments in the Edmonton Sun about him.
This is a veritable all-star team, so perhaps there's no shame in sitting more than usual, but either Hitchcock's wrong here or there's some serious reason for concern for Ottawa fans.
What does he see that Bryan Murray didn't? And is this really the best way to coax something useful out of Spezza at a short international event?