Sports Senators' Dorion: Phaneuf trade a preview of 'a lot of things' to come

03:20  15 february  2018
03:20  15 february  2018 Source:   theScore

Phaneuf may be first of many Senators heading out the door

  Phaneuf may be first of many Senators heading out the door The cost-cutting has begun. There’ll be more of that from the Ottawa Senators before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, and probably even beyond it. Dion Phaneuf is just the start.The paring down has begun.

"Dion’s as good of a pro as I’ve ever seen in my career." The lines of communication will have to remain open if the Senators continue trying to trade him. "That says a lot about Dion Phaneuf ." At this point, it’s unclear where things head from here. Dorion was working the phone right until the end of

“We’re going to be doing a lot of things to make sure that we can field as competitive a team as we can, whether it’s in the near future or whatever future you want to look at,” said Dorion . Senators with one eye on the bottom line after the Phaneuf -Thompson trade .

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A trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings appears to be just the beginning of a change in Ottawa.

This according to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, who indicated he'll remain busy leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline and beyond.

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"We're going to be doing a lot of things to make sure we can field as competitive a team as we can," Dorion said Wednesday, per Callum Fraser of NHL.com. "Whether it's in the near future or whatever future you want to look at, but this is an exciting time, I think for our fans, because we know we're going to do some good things, for the organization we'll do some good things. And we're looking forward to it."

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Sens priority is to sign Erik Karlsson. Teams interested in Dion Phaneuf ? Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Pierre Dorion said again that he’s not giving up on the season just yet. “We have good players on this team, and that’s why a lot of people are phoning.”

26 NHL trade deadline. Pierre Dorion served notice he’s not done dealing. The first move could be the tip of the iceberg. Less than 24 hours after sending veteran defenceman Dion Phaneuf and centre Nate Thompson to the We know we’re going to do a lot of good things , and we’re looking forward to it.”

Dorion said he spoke to several of his counterparts following the Phaneuf trade, which also saw Nate Thompson shipped out in exchange for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. Not surprisingly, the GM added he's only open to a "good hockey deal" that makes sense in terms of Ottawa's short- and long-term goals.

"Obviously, we'd like to compete for the playoffs next year, there's no doubt about that. But at the same time, we want to have a team here that will be able to compete every year for the playoffs," he said.

Dorion also reiterated the team's first and foremost priority is to sign Erik Karlsson, who lamented the Phaneuf deal in a couple of tweets Tuesday night.

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OTTAWA -- Matt Duchene is doing his best to keep his left winger in Ottawa Senators colors. While trade speculation has Mike Hoffman possibly on the move, he and Duchene have formed a fast and deadly duo, which was on display most recently in the Senators' 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Thursday.Duchene's third assist of the night helped set up Hoffman's overtime winner."I think we have a great group in here and it's not for me to speculate and make decisions, but we're playing really well together," said Duchene, who now has seven goals and 19 points in his last 18 games, while Hoffman has four goals in his past six games.

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