Spezza puts up points, no denying it. He's as tallented as any player in the game but a lot seperats him from the best in the game.
I remember talking to my buddy about things inside the locker room 4, 5 years ago and the main thing that would always come out was how important it was for Spezza to put up points no matter what the team wanted from him. I think some things have changed in that sense and he's trying to become more of a leader but you can tell through his play that personal statistics are still very important to him.
MacLean does seem to be letting Spezza cheat more in his own zone and get away with being the late man back on the back check but being the 3rd man deep in the zone and getting caught, losing most of his one on one battles, and not fighting for his ice are things he has to do.
One thing I have been critical in the past is him not getting into the dirty area's to get his goals, if you look at the 3 he's scored they have all been in or around that area. Obviously other guys are doing the heavy lifting down low and getting the puck to the front of the net or the point for a shot, but Spezza has been there to bang home some garbage. Again though, he has to do it against the better teams and step up then.
This week is going to be a huge week for the Sens. It will either keep them in the playoff race or knock them right out. Going 2-2 will keep their heads above water, anything below that you can pretty much kiss any hope of making the playoffs good-bye.