Pierre Dorion has resigned from his position as general manager of the Ottawa Senators.
This was announced by the Ottawa organization on Wednesday, during a press conference in which owner Michael Andlauer participated.
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The latter explained that he met Dorion on Tuesday evening and that today’s announcement “was unavoidable.” We therefore understand that he would have fired the director if he had not resigned.
Dorion has worked with the Senators since 2007, first as director of recruiting and then as director of personnel. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Director General, before officially becoming General Director of Training in 2016.
Under his leadership, the Senators reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2017, losing in overtime in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ottawa has missed the playoffs ever since, a drought that has lasted six seasons.
Earlier on Wednesday, the NHL announced that the Senators would have to forfeit a first-round draft pick for their role in the aborted 2022 trade for Evgeni Dadonov.
“The actions taken by our hockey club were negligent in nature and our duty of care was ignored, sparking events that embarrassed the league and upset two other teams,” Andlauer said.
So far in 2023-24, the Sens maintain a 4-4-0 record and sit in penultimate place in the Atlantic Division.
More details to come.