With a new ownership group in place, and following the forfeiture of a first-round pick, the Ottawa Senators have decided to make a change.
Pierre Dorion was fired on Wednesday afternoon by the Senators. He served eight seasons as the club’s general manager.
The 51-year-old has worked for the club since 2007, after serving as a scout for the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens.
The Senators have not made the playoffs since 2017, posting a 225-261-59 over the seven seasons he was making decisions.
So far this season, the club has recorded four wins over eight games, leaving Ottawa sitting in seventh place out of eight teams in the Eastern Division.
The final straw appears to have come earlier Wednesday, when the NHL announced the club had forfeited a future first round draft as the result of a botched trade.
The Senators dealt forward Evgenii Dadonov to Vegas in July 2021 but failed to supply them with the his 10-team no-trade list. The Golden Knights then tried to move him to Anaheim nine months later, but that trade was cancelled because he would not waive his no-trade clause.
A group led by Toronto businessman Michael Andlauer were officially approved as the new owners of the team in late September.
As is often the case in sports, it did not take long for them to begin putting their stamp on the franchise.
— With files from the Canadian Press
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