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Senators trade captain Jason Spezza to Dallas Stars

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 12:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Senators trade captain Jason Spezza to Dallas Stars

Jason Spezza has been traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Dallas Stars.

The Senators traded their captain to the Stars on Tuesday for 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.

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 look for other options. Dallas emerged as that option, with the trade being agreed to Tuesday morning before the start of unrestricted free agency.

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