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The Ottawa Senators have been at the center of plenty of bad news over the past week. The trend of misfortune began with the announcement of Shane Pinto’s 41-game suspension. Following these league updates, rumours surrounding Pierre Dorion’s future with the Ottawa Senators were questioned. With the latest news regarding past issues with the Evgenii Dadonov trade, Dorion’s fate seems sealed. Finally, it looks like the Senators will be without Thomas Chabot for the foreseeable future as he recovers from his injury. Check out all the latest Ottawa Senators news below.
Pierre Dorion Firing Rumors
It has been no secret that Pierre Dorion’s job has been anything but safe after Michael Andlauer purchased the Ottawa Senators. With the lack of success and planning regarding Shane Pinto and the Senators roster, Dorion has not had the best start under new management. Although there have been no official statements regarding Dorion’s long-term future in Ottawa, things do not look great for the Senators GM.
The rumours started after the Twitter account “Lalimes Martian” put out a tweet that stated, “Dorion on the hot seat?” While this may seem like a casual tweet reflecting a fan’s opinion on management, it carries some real weight in the hockey world. This was followed up with another tweet from the same account hinting that Peter Chiarelli could be Dorion’s potential replacement. While nothing is confirmed, Lalimes Martian’s sources, which he refers to as “the streets,” firmly believe this will get done.
If you find yourself questioning the legitimacy of these rumours, know that this account has been responsible for breaking several Sens stories prior to any mainstream media outlets. He is also very rarely wrong when he decides to discuss what he has heard. As a matter of fact, Lalime’s Martian discussed this upcoming story first before Elliot Friedman confirmed it.
Evgenii Dadonov Trade Complications Could Cost The Senators A 1st Round Pick
This story came out of nowhere after the Evgenii Dadonov trade had been all but forgotten about. Fans may remember when the Senators traded Dadonov to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the summer of 2021 for Nick Holden and a 3rd round pick. Upon completion, it looked like the transaction followed all of the league’s protocols and rules, which was untrue.
The Dadonov contract consisted of an active no-trade clause, which gave Dadonov the power to choose where he would or wouldn’t be moved. According to sources, the Las Vegas Golden Knights were unaware of this clause when they originally acquired Dadonov from the Senators. The Knights did not discover this clause until they decided to trade Dadonov to the Anaheim Ducks, a team Dadonov refused to be traded to. The trade was ultimately voided, and Las Vegas was upset with the Senators organization.
Fast forward to the present, and it finally looks like the Senators will have to face the punishment for their error. Lalimes Martian initially tweeted that the Senators’ mismanagement of Dadonov was coming back into light, and the team was set to face punishment. Elliot Friedman followed up this tweet a couple of days later, saying that the Senators are set to face punishment for the incident within the next couple of days.
Although we don’t have an official punishment set yet, I reluctantly write what Lalimes Martian has been hearing. According to his sources, it sounds like the Ottawa Senators will likely lose their first-round draft pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft as punishment. If this is the case, it absolutely is a reason to have Pierre Dorion relieved of his duties for an inexcusable error.
Thomas Chabot Out Long-Term
If the injuries to Erik Brannstrom and Artem Zub weren’t enough for this Senators blue line, they are now without Thomas Chabot for the next 4-6 weeks. The injury occurred against the New York Islanders, where Thomas Chabot fractured his hand during play. Chabot finished the game with his injury but has since been placed on LTIR, indicating he will miss, at a minimum, the next ten games.
Since his injury, the Senators have called up defensemen Tyler Kleven, Nikolas Matinpalo, and Jacob Bernard-Docker, all of whom suited up against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although the Senators won that game, the current blue line is far from sustainable if they have true playoff aspirations. Hopefully, the Sens will have Artem Zub back in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the LA Kings, although there is still no news about his injury. Even though we haven’t received an update on Erik Brannstrom, do not hold your breath that he will return anytime soon after his scary injury against the Islanders.
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