Ottawa Senators trade captain Jason Spezza to Dallas

A difficult Canada Day for the nation's capital as star centre is traded for Alex Chaisson, prospects, and a second-rounder

Jason Spezza has been granted his wish to be traded away from the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators traded their captain to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for NHL forward Alex Chiasson, forward prospects Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul and a second-round pick in next year’s draft. Dallas also receives forward prospect Ludwig Karlsson in the deal.

Spezza, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, had asked for a trade and general manager Bryan Murray said he would try to accommodate him.

The 31-year-old centre had control of his destination with a limited no-trade clause. Spezza designated 10 teams he would not accept a trade to, which included the Nashville Predators, who had a deal done at this past weekend’s draft.

Spezza refused to waive the no-trade clause, leaving Murray to regroup and look for other options. Dallas ultimately emerged as that option, with the trade being agreed to Tuesday morning before the start of unrestricted free agency.

In his first and only season as Ottawa’s captain, replacing Daniel Alfredsson, who left for the Detroit Red Wings last summer, Spezza had 23 goals and 43 assists. He was the Senators’ top-scoring forward.

By trading Spezza, the Senators get his $7 million cap hit off their books, taking back only $900,000 for Chiasson. Spezza’s actual-dollars salary for 2014-15 is $4 million, which is important for the budget-conscious Stars.

Chiasson, a 23-year-old right-winger, has 19 goals and 23 assists in 86 career NHL games. This past season he became the seventh player since 1943-44 to have nine or more goals in his first 10 games.

Guptill, 22, was a 2010 third-round pick of Dallas and spent the past three seasons at the University of Michigan before playing five games for the AHL’s Texas Stars.

Paul, a 19-year-old left-winger, was a fourth-rounder in 2013 and played for the North Bay Battalion last season.