Pierre Dorion had said on Thursday that he was going to focus on the repechage at the end of the week.
The e dg Senators kept his word as though many observers expected that trade some of his veterans, he just choose Brady Tkachuk in 4th place before exchanging the 22nd got choice from Pittsburgh to Derick Brassard to the New York Rangers, falling four rows for a second-round pick (48th). With the 26th selection, he opted for defender Jacob Bernard-Docker (see other text).
Ironically, the Senators had given their second choice (33rd) to these same Rangers in the exchange that had allowed them to acquire the Gatineau center against Mika Zibanejad. Choice then passed to Detroit by the Rangers.
It was one of only two exchanges Commissioner Gary Bettman had to announce during the first round (the exchange that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado against a second choice was made before the start of the auction). The other saw the Maple Leafs also back a few ranks (25th to 29th) in a barter with the St. Louis Blues, who gave them a third-round pick to speak earlier.
Dorion will still be able to resume Saturday with his veterans.
He did nothing to stop rumors that he intended to ship his captain Erik Karlsson to the Arizona desert while he had a long conversation with his Golden Knights counterpart in Vegas, George McPhee, less than an hour before the start of the repechage, in full view of all the journalists present in Dallas.
Earlier in the day, another name was added to the list of veterans that the Senators would be interested in winding up this summer in hopes of improving their lot as goalie Craig Anderson, through his agent , would have expressed the wish to continue his career elsewhere, after seven seasons in the nation’s capital.
Aged 37, it will not necessarily be obvious to insert him into the Guards’ annual musical chair game since he has just experienced one of the worst seasons of his career, averaging 3.32 and a efficiency of, 898.
With Grubauer being traded, there is one less option to possibly replace Anderson. There will be a few other veterans available on the free agent market, including former Senator Robin Lehner, the Sabers having decided not to make a qualifying offer at a cost of $ 4 million. Jonathan Bernier is also expected to leave the Avalanche and be a free agent on July 1st.
Veterans Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith are also involved in the transaction rumors, as the center Jean-Gabriel Pageau seems it. But their names were also circulating at the trade deadline in February and Dorion had not received offers to his liking.
THE RESEARCH IN BRIEF
Groulx will have to wait
DALLAS – The Halifax Mooseheads’ Gatineau Center Benoit-Olivier Groulx did not finally hear his name on the American Airlines Arena’s speakers on Friday night. He will have to wait until Saturday morning before knowing the identity of his future NHL club.
“I really do not know what will happen. I thought I had a good feeling for the first round, but the closer it gets, the less I’m sure. It’s still a great experience to share this with him, “said his father Benoît Groulx a few hours before the start of the auction.
A Quebec scout who requested anonymity said he likes the young Groulx a lot, but there were some of his colleagues who had reservations about his skating.
“He has an excellent character and he works hard on the 100 feet of the rink, it’s the kind of player that every coach will love. His skating may be catching up in the NHL, although he does not skate anyway. With the development of players nowadays however, it is the element of the game of a player that is the most possible to improve, “he told the law .
Zadina not happy
Several Senators fans were hoping the Canadiens selected Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi with third overall, to allow their favorites to select Groulx’s team-mate Filip Zadina of Halifax. When they ignored him, he found himself with the Detroit Red Wings in sixth place.
“When I play against Montreal and Ottawa, I will want to fill the net to show them that they have not made the right decision,” said Zadina.
Between the lines
Crossed on Friday, super-agent Pat Brisson was a busy man just hours before the first round of the repechage, he who had several Quebec customers (including Benoit-Olivier Groulx) who were likely to be selected.
Asked by Le Droit whether the Senators’ hot summer had an impact on Center Matt Duchene’s desire, another of his clients, to accept a contract extension after July 1, he said: “We is not there. We will see what will happen in the repechage and we will discuss after, “said the former Olympic Hull.
Columbus Blue Jackets First Choice Liam Foudy has a connection with Ottawa, with his father Sean playing for the Rough Riders in early 1990.