OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said he has sent a simple message to his players with the acquisition of forwards Alex Burrows and Viktor Stalberg.
"I'm sending the message: Win," Dorion said after trading a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft to the Carolina Hurricanes for Stalberg on Tuesday. That came after Ottawa acquired Burrows in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks for forward prospect Jonathan Dahlen on Monday.
Dorion, after getting the green light from owner Eugene Melnyk to take on salary, signed Burrows to a two-year, $5 million contract Tuesday (an average annual value of $2.5 million).
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"The players have done their job so far," Dorion said. "They have to be commended for sacrificing personal gains for team gains. The coaches have done their job. We've got a system in place, a structure in place.
"It was up to myself. I'm very happy I had the blessing of Mr. Melnyk today to do the moves we did yesterday, to do the [trade] for Alex Burrows, which is something I felt was necessary and to do this trade today. It's great to have an owner that supports you. I think the players see that Mr. Melnyk supports us in our quest to get into the [Stanley Cup Playoffs], and hopefully from there maybe make a bit of damage, but we'll start by making the playoffs."
Dorion said the moves will give coach Guy Boucher more lineup options.
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"He told me he did a few cartwheels today," Dorion said. "He's very happy. His exact words were, 'Pierre, you've given me the elements to have some depth, to have some internal competition among our forwards.' I like the fact he's got multiple pieces he can play with. Even if we run into injuries, to me it's not an excuse, we have enough pieces, we should be in the playoffs."
Dorion said he is probably done making trades with the NHL Trade Deadline March 1 at 3 p.m. ET.
"I'm going to try until 2:59 tomorrow, but don't be surprised if nothing else happens," he said.