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.com

Why the Phaneuf trade works for Senators, Kings

  Why the Phaneuf trade works for Senators, Kings Why the Phaneuf trade works for Senators, KingsWhile both the Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings took the ice on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively, behind closed doors their respected general managers were busy cooking up a deal.

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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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  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.

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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Senators’ Johnny Oduya a healthy scratch ahead of trade deadline .
Johnny Oduya has in all probability played his final game as a member of the Ottawa Senators. The defenceman will be made a healthy scratch for Saturday’s home matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers.Senators head coach Guy Boucher spoke with reporters Saturday morning and when he was asked whether or not Oduya was sitting out due to an injury, Boucher replied: “I have to keep him out.”Saturday’s game against the Flyers is Ottawa’s final contest before Monday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline and Oduya, a pending unrestricted free agent, is one of the players the team is expected to move.

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