Dorion signs contract extension as Senators GM through 2024-25

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Pierre Dorion signed a contract extension as general manager of the Ottawa Senators through the 2024-25 season on Tuesday.

It will begin next season, with Ottawa holding an option for 2025-26.

“We’re very pleased to sign Pierre to a second extension as Senators general manager,” owner and governor Eugene Melnyk said. “Dating to when he was named GM in 2016, Pierre has worked tirelessly towards building an organization that can compete with the National Hockey League’s best.”

Dorion was named Senators GM on April 10, 2016. The Ottawa native was originally hired as chief amateur scout in July 2007 and has been director of player personnel and assistant general manager. He also received a three-year extension Feb. 10, 2018.

The Senators were 23-28-5 last season, sixth in the seven-team Scotia North Division, where the top four teams qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ottawa was 14-8-4 in its final 26 games after starting 9-20-1 and has won 149 games since Dorion became GM, third in team history behind Bryan Murray (339) and John Muckler (240).

During Dorion’s tenure, the Senators have drafted forwards Logan Brown (No. 11, 2016), Drake Batherson (No. 121, 2017),   Brady Tkachuk (No. 4, 2018) and Tim Stutzle (No. 3, 2020). Defenseman Jake Sanderson was chosen two places after Stutzle.

“He’s dedicated, detailed, and maintains a sound hockey mind,” Melnyk said of Dorion. “Under Pierre’s leadership, we have the utmost confidence that this team will soon be recognized as one that is consistently meriting success.”

Batherson agreed to a six-year, $29.85 million contract (average annual value $4.975 million) Sept. 3. Coach D.J. Smith signed a two-year contract July 28, 16 days after the Senators hired Pierre McGuire as senior vice president of player development to work with Dorion and Melnyk.

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