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.