Alex Chiasson had just finished a workout in Quebec City Tuesday when he got word he'd been dealt to the Senators by the Dallas Stars.

Then, the skilled winger sought advice from former Senators' centre Antoine Vermette, who is a partner in Chiasson's summer training program.

"I talked to him a little bit (Wednesday) morning about his experience and he only had good things to say about the organization, the city and the people," said Chiasson in a conference call.

"I'm really looking forward to this new experience. For sure, this summer, it is up to me to put the work in the gym and on the ice. It will be my job to be ready from Day 1 of camp."

Chiasson, 24, who is 6-foot-4 and a graduate of Boston University, finished with 13 goals, 22 assists and 35 points last season in his first full season in the NHL with the Stars.

There is no question this trade caught Chiasson off guard because as much as the Stars were mentioned in the Spezza rumours, there was no talk of any names coming back to Ottawa.

"I was a little shocked. I didn't expect that (to happen)," said Chiasson. "After a little while you realize that are going to play for a Canadian team and being from Quebec we all know how much hockey means here.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity that's coming to me. It's definitely a new challenge and I'm really looking forward to the new experience. It should be a fun year ahead."

A former teammate Eric Gryba's at Boston, Chiasson was the key to the deal that sent Ottawa captain Jason Spezza to Dallas along with prospects Nick Paul and Alex Guptill.

Chiasson knows the atmosphere in Ottawa will be different than Dallas. Some people can't handle playing in Canada.