It’s the opening of free agency here in the hockey world, but the big news regarding the Dallas Stars today involves a trade. The Dallas Stars have announced that the team has acquired Center Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a group of prospects and right winger Alex Chiasson.
Official release from the Dallas Stars:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired center Jason Spezza and right wing Ludwig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Alex Chiasson, left wing Nick Paul, left wing Alex Guptill and a second round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Spezza (SPEHT-zuh), 31, finished second on Ottawa last season recording 66 points (23-43=66) in 75 regular-season games. He also finished the 2013-14 campaign ranked second on the team with 43 assists and tied for third on the club with 23 goals, including a team-high nine power play goals. Spezza finished the season ranking 19th in the NHL with a 54.0% faceoff win percentage (775-of-1436).
Originally selected No. 2 overall by Ottawa in the 2001 NHL Draft, Spezza has played all of his 11 NHL seasons with the Senators, and was named the team’s eighth captain in franchise history in Sept. of 2013. He has amassed 687 points (251-436=687) in 686 career regular-season contests. Spezza surpassed the 65-point plateau six times in his NHL career, and has recorded at least 50 points in nine of the last ten campaigns. He has also scored 20-or-more goals in seven of his last eight seasons, and eight times in his career.
Karlsson, 23, split the 2013-14 season between Binghamton of the American Hockey League and Elmira of the ECHL. In 39 games with Elmira, he registered 24 points (11-13=24) in 39 games played. With Binghamton, he appeared in eight games and did not register a point.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was originally signed by Ottawa as an undrafted free agent on July 25, 2013. He spent two seasons at Northeastern University from 2011-13 combining to record 34 points (15-19=34) in 49 games played.
Chiasson, 23, registered 35 points (13-22=35) in 79 games for Dallas during the 2013-14 season. Originally selected by Dallas in the second round (38th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Montreal, Quebec appeared in 86 games with the Stars over two seasons posting 42 points (19-23=42).
Paul, 19, was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario posted 46 points (26-20=46) in 67 regular season games with North Bay of the Ontario Hockey League in 2013-14.
Guptill, 22, was originally selected by Dallas in the third round (77th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound native of Burlington, Ontario posted 25 points (12-13=25) in 31 games for the University of Michigan in 2013-14.
This trade is huge for the Dallas Stars as they have been looking for a second center to help boost the secondary scoring behind Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Cody Eakin did a great job after everything that was asked of him, but with Spezza now Eakin and his wingers (Roussel, Garbutt) can be quite the effective third line. Spezza comes in as a great offensive dynamo. Stick two scoring wingers on his side and that line will do some damage. He is a veteran of the league and will help the Stars tremendously.
Dallas says goodbye to prospects Alex Guptill and Nick Paul. The Stars also say goodbye to Alex Chiasson. Chiasson is on the verge of being a dynamo in the top six. He entered the league on fire scoring nine goals in his first ten games. Chiasson struggled in the goal scoring department throughout last season, but did many other things well such as penalty killing and taking draws when needed. A new start in Ottawa will probably do wonders for him.
So a farewell to Chiasson and the prospects and a hello to Jason Spezza. Welcome to Dallas
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