The Ottawa Senators have acquired Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul in addition to a second round pick in 2015 from the Dallas Stars for Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson.
Chiasson, a Montreal native, just completed his rookie with the Stars, recording 13 goals and 35 points in 79 games. He also added a goal and an assist in Dallas' first round playoff series against Anaheim. The 6-foot-4, 205 pound winger brings a big frame and a net presence to the table and could occupy a role the Sens have been looking to fill in the team's top six, creating havoc in front of the opposing crease.
Guptill was a third round selection for the Stars in 2010, 77th overall. At 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, the big forward signed an entry-level deal with the Stars this past March after playing three seasons with the Michigan Wolverines where he thrived as an offensive player, finishing no lower than third on the team in scoring. He played five games for the Texas Stars at the end of their 2013-14 season before the team's run to the 2014 Calder Cup title.
Paul is another big forward coming to the Senators who was selected in the fourth-round, 101st overall by the Stars in the 2013 Draft. He scored 26 goals and 46 points for the North Bay Battalion during their regular season and added another 12 goals and 18 points during their run to the OHL Finals.
In addition to these three players, the Senators have acquired a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
With the acquisition of Chiasson, Guptill and Paul, the Senators add three large forwards with offensive skill and NHL tools to the organization. Chiasson will step in and join the club right away, while Guptill and Paul — who are 22 and 19, respectively — will likely need more time to develop before being able to contribute to the Sens. Guptill will be playing in the Senators' farm system this fall, while Paul will more than likely return to North Bay of the Ontario League.
The Senators say goodbye to Jason Spezza after 11 seasons with the club, the latter of which was spent as captain of the team. In 686 regular season games, Spezza recorded 251 goals and 687 points. He added 52 points in 56 playoff games including 22 in 20 games en route to the team's lone appearance in the Stanley Cup final in 2007.
Ludwig Karlsson was signed to an entry-level deal by the Senators in 2013 out of Northeastern University. He spent the bulk of his 2013-14 season in Elmira of the ECHL where he recorded 11 goals and 24 points in 39 games.
We'll have more reaction and analysis from Sens management as it becomes available throughout the day.
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