The Ottawa Senators have finally parted ways with Jason Spezza and in return Senators GM Brian Murray received a deal that he liked and he considered to be fair.
Jason Spezza will be headed west to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a second round pick.
Spezza has plenty of experience, exceptional faceoff skills and a wicked wrist shot meaning Dallas have got themselves a great deal. The 31 year old has accumulated a stunning total of 687 points in 686 career games.
He joins a very potent offensive powerhouse in the Dallas Stars with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Shawn Horcoff.
Spezza continues to be one of the most consistent players in the NHL. His leadership will go a long way in helping Jamie Benn elevate his game and possibly give the Stars a chance at going deep into the playoffs. However, I believe it will take Jason Spezza some time to adjust to his new surroundings and adapt to the tactics of Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff. The best chance he has for success moving into the future therefore is likely to be found on the second line.
The Ottawa Senators received a considerable amount of young talent in return for Spezza. However, I fail to see how this deal has met Brian Murray’s goal of getting a player that can help the team now.
Out of the three players, Chiasson is the only one with some experience in the NHL. He accumulated a total of 35 points for the Stars last season. Paul ended his season with the OHL’s Brampton Battalion with 46 points. Guptill meanwhile spent the season with the University of Michigan where he accumulated 25 points.
All these players will be looking to prove their worth in order to stay in the NHL. They’ve all shown they know how to score goals. The question will be if these kids can contribute under pressure and adjust to the challenges the NHL has in store for them.
I believe it will take at least half a season for them to get used to the true pace of the league and therefore it makes sense that some fans may be upset about this deal. However, I’m sure Brian Murray is nowhere near done shaking things up within his team’s roster.
With Spezza gone, maybe Murray will attempt to sign centermen Paul Stasny or Thomas Vanek. I believe Michael Cammalleri would be an excellent fit for the Ottawa Senators.
I can’t wait to see what Brian Murray has planned moving forward. It will certainly be weird seeing Spezza in a bright green jersey, playing in the west.
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