Pierre Dorion rules out nothing – TVA Sports

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Wednesday he has had several discussions with National Hockey League teams about his pick for the first round of the 2022 draft, seventh overall.

He said this during a press conference organized the day before the presentation of the first round of the amateur auction at the Bell Centre.

Watch the press conference in the main video.

“There’s been a lot of talk, not just about pick number seven, but other picks that could be in play,” he said. It’s no secret, we try to improve our team and we try to bring players with a certain track record, a certain experience.

“Multiple teams” called, the Franco-Ontarian hockey player said, before implying that if he finally had to use that choice during the draft, he’d pick “a top-four defenseman or a top-6 attacker.”

Dorion also indicated that he intends to venture into the free agent market over the summer as he believes the team is in a better position than last year.

“If we can win some we’d love to do that, we’re going to make strong proposals to a few,” he revealed, before being very wary of veteran Claude Giroux, who will be a free agent this summer and is from the region.

Giroux “belongs to another team, I don’t want to comment on that,” he recalled with a smile.

Discussions with CH?

Additionally, Dorion hasn’t ruled out a deal with the Montreal Canadiens, even though they are section rivals.

“I always had a good relationship with Kent (Hughes) and Jeff (Gorton) when Jeff was in New York and Kent as an agent,” he explained. We signed a lot of contracts together, I have a lot of respect for what these two gentlemen achieve. If it’s a trade that can help both teams, we’ll definitely give it serious consideration.”

The Ottawa training therefore does not exclude anything, it counts on several young players in its workforce. In addition, Dorion said that if a Russian hockey player is available and sufficiently attractive to him, his group will assess the situation at the right time.

Finally, the general manager wanted to thank striker Colin White, whose contract was recently bought by the organization.

“His level of performance probably wasn’t where he wanted it to be and he wasn’t playing at the level we were hoping for,” he explained. We wish him the best of luck. We have other players who can fill that role.”

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