Jason Spezza will be reaching for the Stars.
As the Ottawa Sun reported first, the Senators kicked off the fireworks on July 1 by dealing their disgruntled captain to Dallas for winger Alex Chiasson along with prospects Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul of North Bay and a second-rounder next year.
Spezza asked for a deal in April and finally got his wish after a trade fell through on the weekend.
Chiasson is the centrepiece of the deal for the Senators. He had 13 goals and 35 assists last season with the Stars.
The Stars and St. Louis Blues were the last two teams left in the hunt for Spezza. The club has a $7 million cap hit and will make $4 million in real salary.
The Senators aren’t done, they will make more deals today.
GM Bryan Murray said on the weekend he would continue to try to get a deal done.
“We’ll continue to talk and over the course of time I’m sure the people that miss out on July 1 will come knocking but we’ll have to wait and see,” said Murray as the draft wrapped up.
“He’s got a year left on a contract. If we can find a good package _ something that is somewhat comparable _ and I’ve said all along we won’t get full value. Jason’s an 80-to-90 point guy and you don’t get that kind of return in any kind of trade in this league today.
“I’m hoping that we get something fair in return for the player.”
Spezza told TSN he was “thrilled” to be going to Dallas.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the city and the team speaks for itself, they have some great up-and-coming guys,” he said.
As for his days with the Senators, Spezza told the network it was a “great” time for him.
“I’ve really enjoyed Ottawa,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have played on such good teams, for such a long time. I’ll look back very fondly of it. Ottawa the city was very kind to me ... we’ll always have ties to it.”
Asked why he needed the change, Spezza said: “At the end of the year I had a very honest and frank conversatiion with (GM) Bryan (Murray). I just felt like it was best for myself to move on and I thought it was best for the team to move on from me.
“I’m looking to try to win a Stanley Cup in the next chapter of my career, and I felt like getting a fresh start would help me get there. I feel like I have a lot of really good hockey left in my game and a change would probably help me out, and help the team move forward too.
“It was a tough decision. I’ve been in there, and I have lots of friends, lots of contacts there. But sometimes the hard decisions are the ones you have to make.”
Spezza will be missed in the Senators dressing room.
“Jason has always been good to me, always taken me under his wing,” winger Mark Stone said before the deal was done. “He knows I can be hard on myself and he’s the same way. To have him around was good for me.
“If he does end up leaving, it’s going to be tough. He’s a great player, he adds a lot to our team.
“Every game I’ve played, he’s always tried to keep me upbeat. Always tried to help me try and score goals. He tries to get me to play my game when I’m here, not try to change too many things, which is a positive thing when a guy can tell you those things.”