Senators forward Jason Spezza joins Swiss league

Jason Spezza is on his way to Switzerland.

The Ottawa Senators forward has signed on with Rapperswil-Jona for the duration of the NHL lockout, joining fellow Canadians Logan Couture (Geneva-Servette) and Rick Nash and Joe Thornton (HC Davos) in the Swiss A League.

Spezza is coming off a strong season with the Sens, where he scored 34 goals and 84 points in 80 games.

The 29-year-old spent the 2004-05 lockout in the American Hockey League — winning the MVP award — and indicated last week that he'd talked to a number of players who went to Europe during that lost season.

"A lot of guys went over last time and played and enjoyed it," said Spezza. "And I think that message has kind of trickled down."

The NHL lockout entered its fourth day with no formal meetings scheduled between the league and