The Dallas Stars made the first big splash of NHL free agency via a blockbuster trade with the Ottawa Senators. The Stars acquired the Senators’ longtime captain Jason Spezza to bolster their depth at center that already features a superstar in Tyler Seguin. The Stars made the playoffs last year and took the Anaheim Ducks to six games. Now the Stars are legit contenders after acquiring a proven star.
Spezza had requested a trade earlier this summer. He would’ve been a member of the Nashville Predators, but he used his no trade clause to block the trade. Now he is a member of a team where he won’t be relied on to be the main scorer. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of Seguin and Jamie Benn.
The Stars gave up three prospects and a pick to get Spezza, but they really didn’t move any of their blue-chip prospects. The Western Conference is stacked, and the Stars realized they needed to make a move if they wanted to move up the ranks. They are not in the same tier as the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings, but they are right up to par with the next class that features the Ducks, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. The Spezza trade gives them two top-tier centers, something a lot of teams don’t have.
Hockey is finally back in Dallas, and the Stars are giving their fans a reason to look forward to next season. Spezza isn’t going to score 90 points, but he is going to give the Stars a stable second-line center which is hard to find in today’s NHL.