Ottawa Senators: Pierre Dorion’s worst trades as General Manager

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Eugene Melynk and Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators attend the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Eugene Melynk and Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators attend the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Number 2: Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey & 2020 fifth-round pick for Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman & 2020 sixth-round pick

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TAMPA, FL – MARCH 13: Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning watches Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal during the second period at Amalie Arena on March 13, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) /

When Mike Hoffman was traded to the San Jose Sharks there was no real surprise that the scoring forward had been moved. There were confirmed reports of a broken locker room and Mike Hoffman seemed to have been at least partly responsible for some of it. When it all came public, Pierre Dorion and the Ottawa Senators really did not have a choice but to trade him. And every General Manager in the NHL knew it, too.

So, why does this trade fall to second on the countdown? It’s very simple, Pierre Dorion got taught a lesson on how not to make trades in the NHL. The offer that he accepted from the Sharks was simply subpar and laughable. It became even more laughable when the San Jose Sharks immediately turned around and shipped him to the Florida Panthers. There were reports, make that confirmed reports, that the Florida Panthers had offered more than what the Ottawa Senators accepted from San Jose for Hoffman, but Pierre Dorion was determined not to send him within the division. How did that work out for you, Pierre?

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It is also worth mentioning that Pierre Dorion was determined to get a roster player in return for Mike Hoffman. The offer that the Panthers had presented was made up of draft picks (you know, that valuable commodity that teams love to amass when they’re in a self-imposed rebuild!) but Pierre Dorion wanted to save face or something so he wanted a roster player to come in and take Hoffman’s spot on the roster. In comes Mikkel Boedker. Once again I find myself having issues with the job the professional scouts have done. Everyone knew that Boedker was definitely not going to be able to replace a fraction of Hoffman’s goal production. It was just a bad trade, made even worse when fans realized they could have gotten some pretty decent draft picks instead of an ageing forward whose production had fallen off a cliff.

End result: Instead of accepting picks from Florida because Dorion did not want to trade Hoffman into the division he settled for a mediocre trade offer and then had to sit through the humiliation of watching Doug Wilson get the better of him by acquiring more than he had to give up for Mike Hoffman. Essentially, Doug Wilson used the Ottawa Senators and Pierre Dorion to rid himself of Boedker’s 4-million dollar cap hit in return for three draft picks. Oh, but not to worry! Pierre Dorion finally managed to get that second-round pick that Florida had offered for Mike Hoffman, it’s the 2019 second that the Sharks sent to Ottawa as part of the Erik Karlsson trade!