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Spezza scored his first goal of the season and added three assists in Saturday's overtime loss to Philadelphia.

This is the Jason Spezza we thought we would see this season. After a quiet start to the season, Spezza has come alive, recording six points in his past two games. Playing on the top power-play unit with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, Spezza will continue get plenty of opportunities to put up points.

Jason Spezza C DAL 1 Month

With the Stars trailing 2-1 entering the final three minutes Thursday against the Penguins, Spezza assisted on Jamie Benn's game-tying goal and then Tyler Seguin's power-play winner with three seconds remaining.

Spezza's been off to a slow start this year, but he delivered two huge assists for his first points since the opener. He also went positive in terms of plus-minus for the first time this year. Much is expected from Spezza in his first-ever season out of Ottawa, so we'll look for the 31-year-old to keep things going.

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Spezza will be used on the second line next to fellow Senators transplant Ales Hemsky when the Stars play their exhibition opener Monday vs. the Blues, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Coach Lindy Ruff could still shuffle around his top-six forwards before the start of the regular season, but given the chemistry Spezza showed with Hemsky last season, it's highly probable that the duo will combine to form two-thirds of the second line. Valeri Nichushkin, Colton Sceviour and Antoine Roussel are among the players competing for a spot alongside Spezza and Hemsky or the top-line duo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. No matter whom ultimately lands on the left side of Spezza, scoring opportunities should be plentiful for the 31-year-old, both at even strength and on the power play.

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Jason Spezza insisted that his desire to leave the Ottawa Senators didn't stem from a need to escape the spotlight.

Spezza instead said it was about moving to a situation where he would have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup. The Dallas Stars certainly qualify as a team that's in a better position to compete for a championship than Ottawa. While Spezza was clearly the Senators' best forward, he'll be joining a Stars team that already features Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. That will allow them to use Spezza on the second line to provide them with some offensive depth.

Jason Spezza C DAL 5 Months

Jason Spezza sees himself as "just a piece to the puzzle" in Dallas.

That's probably to Spezza's liking after he became the center of attention in Ottawa following Daniel Alfredsson's departure. In Dallas, Spezza might end up serving as the second-line center as Tyler Seguin figures to play alongside Jamie Benn on the top line. The Stars still have some question marks, particularly when it comes to their defense, but their top two lines look very good.

Jason Spezza C DAL 5 Months

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray insisted that Jason Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons.

"I hear the comments that we don't spend to keep (our players)," Murray said. "Just so you know, I offered Jason (Spezza) an extension and (he) said he wasn't interested. Whether it's because he thought we didn't have enough around him or what . but there are different stories in each case." Murray saying that Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons and then bring up an extension offer misses the point. A player demanding a trade isn't likely to do so because he's unhappy with his contract or as a maneuver to get a new deal. At the same time, if financials were an issue at all, it wouldn't have been Spezza being unhappy with his own pay, it would have been with him feeling that the Senators aren't spending enough to build a competitive team around him. If that was Spezza's feelings, then offering him an extension wouldn't have fixed anything.

Jason Spezza C DAL 5 Months

Jason Spezza cited his relationship with coach Lindy Ruff as one of the reasons he thinks playing in Dallas will work out for him.

Spezza waived his no-trade clause to join the Stars. The former Senators captain has played under Ruff in international tournaments. "I think the young group they have is an envy of a lot of the League, and I think I could fit in with helping out with the depth at center," Spezza added.

Jason Spezza C DAL 5 Months

The Dallas Stars have acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2015 second round pick, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, and Alex Chiasson.

The Senators didn't get a great return for Spezza, but their hands were partially tied by the fact that he wanted to move. Spezza is capable of averaging a roughly point-per-game and that isn't likely to change in Dallas. The Stars are loaded with top-end talent now between Spezza, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn.

Jason Spezza C DAL 5 Months

Jason Spezza has reportedly been dealt to the Dallas Stars.

The exact details of the deal aren't known yet, but the Stars are sending prospects the Senators' way. The fact that this move is happening before the UFA market opens means Ottawa will be able to spend the cap space they just freed up. Meanwhile, the Stars' offensive core is looking pretty good as Spezza joins Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Jason Spezza C DAL 5 Months

Because Ottawa wasn't able to trade Jason Spezza before the start of the unrestricted free agent period, the Senators are going into it in an awkward position.

The Senators don't know exactly how much money they have to work with because there's no guarantee yet if Spezza will be traded. Even if he is, factoring in what the return might be for him into their plans is difficult until a trade is finalized. The sooner the Senators can trade Spezza, the easier the rest of their offseason is likely to be, but they don't want to trade him for less than they feel he's worth.