** Adding in subsequent trade of picks to give complete picture - Gagne for Dallas 2nd and Ottawa 3rd in 2016
To Dallas: Jason Spezza, Ludwig Karlsson, 3rd in 2016
To Ottawa: Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, Gabriel Gagne
So Who Won?
Essentially, this is a classic short-term vs. long-term trade. To this point, Dallas is the winner as they have someone in the lineup producing, whereas Ottawa has some potential in Paul and Gagné. Dallas got immediate scoring and they are a first place team this year. Ottawa did attempt to resign Spezza but he declined. Interesting to think how different the team would look with Spezza-Turris-Zibanejad as your top 3 centers (list in no particular order).
Ottawa's big win is that money is freed up and Spezza is getting 1st line money for borderline 1st line production (39 pts in 50 games). Additionally, Ottawa's offence continues to do well so they traded from strength. Paul and Gagne could turn out to be productive forwards, which would make this a big win for Ottawa, but you will not see either being contributing forwards before the 17-18 season.
NHL Stats Since Trade
Spezza - 34 G, 67 A - 101 pts in 132 games
Chiasson - 14 G, 18 A - 32 pts in 121 games
Guptill and Karlsson are both in the ECHL, so that makes them a wash. Paul has struggled in Bingo but that is not a bad thing long term. He has produced more lately. Gagne has been point a game in junior this year despte being traded. Chiasson has been a 4th liner when not scratched. He had a good start in Ottawa but has been mostly a dud. The 3rd round pick, now belonging to NJ, could be as high as a high 60's pick.
Spezza's overall value has been picked apart endlessly. I was always a fan but thought it best when he moved on. Still, there is no comparison between him and Chiasson, and that is all you have at the NHL level now.