Hockey Betting Lines – Ottawa Trades Spezza to Dallas

  • Updated: July 22, 2014
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    Ottawa Senators trade Jason Spezza to Dallas Stars

    By Ian Palmer

    The Ottawa Senators have finally unloaded disgruntled center Jason Spezza as they traded him to the Dallas Stars on July 1 for forwards Alex Chiasson, Alexander Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a second rounder in the 2015 draft. The Stars also received Ludwig Karlsson in the trade. In addition, Dallas also signed free agent Ales Hemsky from Ottawa and signed him to a three-year deal. Spezza said he’s thrilled with the deal and feels Dallas is a good fit for him.

    Spezza and Hemsky were line mates in Ottawa after the Senators acquired the latter from the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline last season. Hemsky racked up 17 points in his 20 games with Ottawa and has now played in 672 career regular-season games with 494 points to his name. In total, Hemsky played 75 games with Edmonton and Ottawa and scored 43 points in 75 games in 2013/14. His best season came in 2008/09 when he racked up 66 points.


    Spezza waived his no-trade clause to join the Stars and had asked general manager Bryan Murray in June to trade him. Murray obliged and worked out a deal with the Nashville Predators, but Spezza wouldn’t agree to the move. Spezza said he spoke to Murray and told him why it was best for all involved if he left Ottawa and the GM agreed with him.

    Spezza has just one year to go on his current contract which is worth $7 million against the salary cap. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014/15 campaign. Spezza claimed he isn’t worried about his contract situation and is sure something can be worked out with Dallas if he plays well there. Ottawa will end up saving just over $6 million in salary since the incoming Chiasson has one year to go on an entry-level contract at $866,000. In addition, Guptill and Paul aren’t expected to make the Senators roster next season.

    Spezza will likely be used as the Stars’ second center since Tyler Seguin has a lock on the first-line job. Seguin played 80 games last season and scored 37 goals and 47 assists for 84 points. Spezza was originally chosen with the second-overall pick in the 2001 draft. He played 686 contests for the club and scored 251 goals and 436 assists for 687 points. He played just five games in the 2012/13 season due to an injured back.

    The 23-year-old Chiasson scored 13 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 70 games with Dallas last season, but was a -21. He added a pair of points in six postseason games and was a -7. The 19-year-old Paul scored 26 goals and 20 assists for the Ontario hockey Leagues (OHL) North Bay Battalion last year in 67 games. He was chosen 101st overall in the fourth round of the 2013 draft by Dallas. The 22-year-old played at the University of Michigan last year and then joined the American Hockey Leagues (AHL) Texas Stars. Karlsson played with the AHL’s Binghamton Stars and the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Elmira Jackals.

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    Hockey Betting Lines - Ottawa Trades Spezza to Dallas
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    Hockey Betting Lines - Ottawa Trades Spezza to Dallas
    Ottawa traded center Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars for forwards Alex Chiasson, Alexander Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a second rounder in the 2015 draft.