Picture of former Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion.
The Ottawa Senators have parted ways with GM Pierre Dorion after the Evgenii Dadonov trade debacle.

In an unforeseen turn of events, the Ottawa Senators parted ways with General Manager Pierre Dorion, stirring the waters of the hockey world. The termination followed on the heels of a controversial trade involving Evgenii Dadonov, which saw the Senators penalized with a loss of a first-round draft pick by the NHL.

The criticized transaction, dating back to July 2021, saw Dadonov traded to Vegas in exchange for Nick Holden and a third-round pick. However, a significant oversight occurred as Ottawa failed to disclose a no-trade clause to the Golden Knights, a misstep that held severe repercussions for the Senators and ultimately cost Dorion his position.

The decision to part ways with Dorion was taken less than a month after Steve Staios was brought into the team as the president of hockey operations, showcasing a shift in the organizational hierarchy. Alongside new owner Michael Andlauer, Staios played a part in the decision to terminate Dorion’s contract​.

Peter Chiarelli the next GM of the Ottawa Senators?

Steve Staios has stepped in to fill the position of General Manager, marking a new phase in the management of the Ottawa Senators​​. Amidst these changes, there are expectations regarding the hiring of Peter Chiarelli, hinting at a broader reorganization within the Senators’ management​.

Dorion’s firing comes at a time when the Senators are striving to regain their footing and establish themselves as contenders.

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