Jason Spezza traded to Dallas Stars

  • Joe Ray
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After nixing a trade to Nashville, Jason Spezza has been successfully dealt to the Dallas Stars. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The Vancouver Canucks dealt Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks four days ago at the NHL Draft. Now the other premier center on the trade market, Jason Spezza, has found a new home.

According to TSN insider Bob McKenzie, the Dallas Stars have acquired Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. In return, Ottawa gets right wing Alex Chiasson, forward prospects Alex Guptill and Nick Paul, and a second-round draft choice in 2015.

Spezza gives the Dallas Stars a tremendous upgrade at center. Last offseason, general manager Jim Nill made a big splash in acquiring Tyler Seguin from Boston, and this move gives Dallas two great centers at the top of the lineup. Last season in Ottawa, Spezza registered 66 points (23+43) and a poor minus-26 rating in 75 games. Drafted second overall in 2001 by the Senators, Spezza heads for Dallas after 11 seasons and 686 games played with Ottawa.

This trade comes just after the Senators put into place a deal to send Spezza to the Nashville Predators. Even though the Preds are improving after the addition of James Neal, in addition to the presence of Spezza’s former teammate Mike Fisher, Spezza would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Nashville.

Along with Spezza, the Stars acquired Karlsson, a 23-year-old Swedish winger. Standing 6’3″ and 200 pounds, Karlsson played two years at Northeastern University before spending last year with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals and AHL’s Binghamton Senators. Karlsson had no points in eight games with the Senators last season after racking up 24 points in 39 ECHL games.

Chiasson was a promising player at right wing for the Stars, but was the victim of a numbers game as he is now a Senator. The 23-year-old Montreal native brings size (6’4″, 205) and scoring touch to Ottawa. After three years at Boston University, Chiasson played his first full NHL season last year, picking up 35 points (13+22) in 79 games.

Guptill is a 6’3″, 190-pound forward who signed with Dallas earlier this year after finishing his third season at the University of Michigan. Guptill finished fourth on Michigan this season with 25 points (12+13) in 31 games, before earning two assists in five games with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Nick Paul is a third big, young forward for Ottawa in this deal. Drafted in the fourth round in 2013 by Dallas, Paul just finished his second season with the North Bay Battalion of the OHL, picking up 46 points in 67 games.

On the surface, this seems like a great deal for both teams. Dallas picked up a second top-end playmaker to fill out the lineup behind Seguin, and Ottawa picks up three young, talented forwards with size and a second-round draft choice. This deal certainly helps establish Dallas as an up-and-coming team out west after a first-round playoff defeat at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

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