Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was on TSN1200 today and said:
- On how long he has been talking with Jeff Gorton, "Jeff and I started this, I think the first phone call was when he called to congratulate me. Jeff and I have known each other for many years, from his days as a scout and assistant GM with the Bruins and then when he moved on to the Rangers in a similar position to the one that I had and then assistant GM and then GM so we have had a long history together. He called to congratulate me and we talked about replacing legends and then we started talking and Glen and Bryan never made a deal. I said how about you and I make a deal and I threw some things out and he came back and we started talking, first week on the job."
- On Brassard, Dorion said that the Sens have lacked a lefty playmaking center and are getting a player in his prime and who has had playoff success."
- "We gave up a good player in Mika but as a group we felt this was a a really positive step in the right direction to make us better right away."
- On the 2nd round pick, "For us, the price was significantly higher when Jeff and I started talking. At the draft, if anyone would have stood around, Jeff and I just sat at their table while everyone had gone back home. We talked for around 40 minutes and the asking price was significantly higher and we talked for those 30-40 minutes just at their table with everyone in their suite and we just felt that what they were asking didn't make sense but we agreed that Derick was better than Mika and giving up a second rounder is not something that we like to do and a lot can change between now and then."
- On waiting until after the bonus was paid to Brassard, "I was just stalling them. We talked about it over the course of last week and said why don't we think about it over the weekend. To me, the money didn't have a thing to do with it. I'm happy we saved $2 million but it was more of a hockey deal than anything."
- On trading Zibanejad, "I never lost faith in Mika and our coaches were excited to coach him, but it's about what we got in return. We are not able to get Derick Brassard for 7th round picks in the next three years, we have to give up something. It was never a loss of faith in Mika. It was a tough phone call today in Mika. You are maybe the player most responsible for drafting him, the guy who has seen him the most, you have gone through 5-6 years with the player since drafting him. You are moving on in another direction, it was not about losing faith in Mika but about making our team better."