A four-player trade with the Los Angeles Kings was just the beginning of what should be a busy time for the Ottawa Senators heading into the NHL Trade Deadline, general manager Pierre Dorion said Wednesday. The Senators acquired forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday for defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson. "We're going to be doing a lot of things," Dorion said. "We're going to be doing a lot of things to make sure 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, 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." Dorion said he talked with nine general managers Wednesday before meeting with the media. The deadline is Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. ET. "We're going to make good hockey deals," said Dorion, who signed a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season Friday. "I think we have two players that are pending [unrestricted free agents], (defenseman) Johnny Oduya and (forward) Magnus Paajarvi. We're going to make good hockey deals if we make hockey deals and I think 30 of my counterparts know that." The plan for Ottawa is to get younger and faster in time for next season, and though the recent trade doesn't drastically alter their average age -- Shore is 25, Gaborik is 36 -- Dorion intends on moving in that direction. The Senators are 16 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for a wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Senators' Dorion: Phaneuf trade a preview of 'a lot of things' to come
NHL.com | Feb 14