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Jason Spezza Traded to Dallas Stars for Package of Prospects

Before the July 1 free agency bell even rang, the likely biggest news of the day came in the form of a Jason Spezza trade.

The longtime but reportedly want-away Senator, who had refused a trade to the Nashville Predators earlier in the week, was dealt to the Dallas Stars for Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015, pending a trade call with the league.

Spezza is getting older (aren't we all?) and has dealt with back injuries, but this is a major center addition for the Stars, who made a major splash last summer when they acquired Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins.

For more, check out Silver Seven, where Sens fans react to the new reality; meanwhile, Stars fans at Defending Big D enjoy their new toy.