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Spezza traded to Stars for Chiasson, plus prospects and pick

Jul 1, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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Jason Spezza has been traded to the Dallas Stars. The 31-year-old center goes from the Senators, along with prospect Ludvig Karlsson, in return for winger Alex Chiasson, prospects Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul, plus a second-round draft pick in 2015.

Spezza is signed for one more season for a salary of $4 million and a cap hit of $7 million. He had 25 goals and 43 assists for the Sens last season. A second overall pick in 2001, Spezza has 687 points in 686 NHL games.

In Dallas, Spezza will join an up-and-coming team that already has Tyler Seguin at center, plus Jamie Benn on the wing. The Stars made the playoffs this past season for the first time since 2008.

Chiasson, 23, had 13 goals and 22 assists as a winger for the Stars in 2013-14. He can become a restricted free agent next summer.

For the Sens, the deal frees up a significant amount of cap space. And according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, who first reported the trade, the Sens “aren’t done by a long-shot. More trades coming today.”

Related: Spezza nixed potential Preds trade, says Murray

  1. stevebass2 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Wow, what a steal for the Stars

    • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      slow and brittle, looks like Alfred C Newman

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      great! make the central even tougher.

      How in the heck these teams will have a healthy roster come the playoffs will be amazing to me…

      Chicago, Blues, MN, Colorado …. Dallas ….. Preds ?????? need a Center… but my goodness…. sorry Jets, not going to happen this year

  2. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Good trade for both teams. Tough for any GM to trade a player who has a limited number of teams he wants to be traded to.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      19 teams. His no-trade list was only 10 teams.

      • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Yes! But! Consider the following. Other GMs now know that Murray’s hand is being forced by the player to trade him to a selected number of teams. Then with free agency signing just about to start it seriously diminishes Murray’s bargaining power. Just my 2 cents.

      • hockeydon10 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Sure, those reasons are what made it harder for the GM. Not a “limitation” of 19 teams.

  3. flyboystransport - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    It’s not a steal if he doesn’t resign

  4. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    BTW, it’s Alex Chiasson as opposed to Alec.

    • 2qswing - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      And its Alfred “E” Newman …not “C”

  5. justinhbhb - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Watch when the Stars do deep in the playoffs.

    Good example how actually spending money on players correlates to success…. looking at you OTTAWA

    • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Yes! But! Let’s see what happens later. The Sens may just sign one or two UFAs.

  6. bencia823 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Great deal for dallas, especially if they lock up spezza long term, With that being said, I’m not sure who they’ll pair him with, as Seguin is a center too

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Valeri Nichushkin on RW and Antoine Roussel on the LW maybe?

      • darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Nichushkin and UFA yet to be determined most likely Vrbata perhaps?

  7. rmccleary97 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    the Sens “aren’t done by a long-shot. More trades coming today.”

    I’m sure more than a few people will read that and conclude, “Ottawa’s tanking for McDavid.” Cue faux outrage accordingly.

  8. canadiansportsfan77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Good talent, cancer of an attitude…also the reason none of the big contenders wanted him. Dallas may not see much change with the team but its only for one year

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Was he a locker room cancer because that’s just who he is or was he that way out of frustration with the team not putting a real contender on the ice?

  9. spezzdispenser - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Good luck Spezz. I’m a Stars fan now!!!

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      dude. Spezz isn’t that amazing to have to switch teams to cheer for.

      Good move for Dallas but I am shocked Ottawa didn’t demand a 1st rounder for any deal in trading their one year captain

      • spezzdispenser - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        don’t worry, still a Sens fan… it’s more that I’m stuck with this user name here haha. And yeah a 1st rounder would’ve been nice

  10. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    The Stars are going to be a scary team for the rest of the Western conference next year. Their forwards are dynamic, their blueline is on the rise (with a lot of young talent), and they have a goalie who can be absolutely dynamic… plus one of the top goalie prospects in the world. Jim Nill is quickly becoming one of the top GM’s in the game. I can see a 100-pt season coming for the Stars.

    On the Ottawa side, they are heading the wrong direction. Chiasson is a solid piece… good power forward with 25-goal potential. But the Sens are a team that was already pretty bad offensively and now they’re losing Spezza, Hemsky, and very possibly Michalek. I’d be beyond surprised if Bobby Ryan didn’t want out soon or just walk after the year. They’re quickly becoming the new Nashville, in that their best offensive threat is a dman (except they hardly have the blueline depth). It’s amazing that people were picking that team to legitimately contend this year.

  11. lbeezyse - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Dallas the way they sit will be lucky to be lock up a 7-8 seed. We’ll see how Spez fairs against the bigger D orientated West. The Stars will have a very good line, but Chi & LaK have proven you need scoring depth.

    Dallas will get there, but they are aways away yet.

  12. comeonnowguys - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    All this talent going West and we will still probably be force fed Eastern teams like the Caps all year.

  13. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Ladies and Gentleman welcome to the Jim Nill Magic Show 2014, we’ll see ya in the playoffs! GO STARS!!!

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