Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Spezza Trade to Dallas

The Ottawa Senators traded Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson to the Dallas Stars in exhcnage for Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill, according to It is expected that Spezza will play center on the second line, with Tyler Seguin (acquired from Boston last year) playing the pivot on the first line.

Spezza is entering the final year of a seven-year contract, for which he will be paid $4 million, but count $7 million against the cap. There are several Stars players who carry a higher salary for 2014-15.

The trade makes the Stars very strong up the middle, with Seguin, Spezza, as well as Cody Eakin and Shawn Horcoff playing the pivot. It's also thought that Valeri Nichushkin could eventually spend time at the center position.

In the trade, the Stars give up a winger in Alex Chiasson, who notched 39 points in 79 regular season games for 2013-14.

As for Ottawa, Chiasson's cap hit for next season is under $1 million, and the trade clears some significant room under the cap for the Senators. Their overall cap payroll sits at just above $50 million for next season, which gives them room to make a big acquisition if they feel it will help them advance through the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Iginla Signs with Avalanche

Long-time Calgary Flame forward Jarome Iginla has signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for three-years at $16 million total. According to NBC Sports, the cap hit is $5.3 million annually. This will be Iginla's fourth NHL team in the last few years (Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche).

The Edmonton native continues to excel offensively, putting up 61 points in 78 regular season games for 2013-14, despite getting on in years, as far as professional hockey players go, at 37.

Iginla has not scored less than 30 goals in a full (82-game) NHL season since 1999-2000 (when he scored 29). Colorado was fourth overall in 2013-14 for goals-per-game, and that kind of output should only improve with the addition of a goal-scorer like Iginla.

As far as salaries go, for 2014-15, Iginla will be tied for the second-highest paid player on the Avalanche with Matt Duchene, behind goaltender Seymon Varlamov.

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