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Dorion: "We knew we were going to lose an asset"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We caught up with Sens GM Pierre Dorion at the concusion of the NHL Awards in Las Vegas to get his thoughts on the Expansion Draft, Craig Anderson winning the Masterton Trophy and more...

On losing Marc Methot in the Expansion Draft to the Golden Knights:

It's definitely a big loss for our organization but I know we'll still be a very good team next year. Marc is a quality human being, a great character person and someone that helped us a lot during his time in Ottawa. Wherever he plays next year we know he'll do very well.

On talks with Las Vegas leading up to the Expansion Draft:

Throughout the process I think everyone knew that we would have liked to protect four defencemen and George McPhee and I had many discussions but we couldn't seem to come to an agreement for a trade. From that point on, we knew we were going to lose an asset but we didn't want to risk losing two or three or four assets which is the price that we saw other teams pay in order to protect a player. We feel we've got the resources and depth on defence to fill that spot. 

Next steps to fill the spot left by Methot:

Internally we've got a lot of competition for that spot. We'll obviously look at July 1st to see if we can add someone but with the play of Fredrik Claesson, who likes to play with Erik and Erik likes to play with him, Ben Harpur, who played some games in the playoffs, and Thomas Chabot...we'll have a pretty good battle to fill that spot next season.

On Craig Anderson winning the Masteron Trophy:

I think it shows a lot of perseverance on Craig's part. To win that award and be recognized for everything that he and Nicholle have gone through and to play so well for us and contribute to our team success was a great honour for our organization and everyone involved.

Tweet from @Senators: Epitomized perseverance and dedication to hockey. Congrats Craig and Nicholle. #NHLAwards

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