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Evgenii Dadonov deal in Anaheim: Sens will be penalized
Credit: May 9, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion attends a press conference to introduce Guy Boucher as the new head coach of the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Honestly, what a disastrous week for the Ottawa Senators.

It all started four days ago when D.J. Smith suffered a brain cramp. The coach forgot to tell Anton Forsberg that he wasn’t the one playing in the third period.

The next day, Shane Pinto was suspended 41 games for sports betting. The forward was about to sign a two-year, $4.9 million contract when the NHL halted the process to investigate.

Yesterday, Elliotte Friedman dropped another bombshell about the Ottawa team. The insider said the team will be punished for the aborted trade of Evgenii Dadonov to Anaheim.

It was the Golden Knights who “traded” the Russian forward to the Ducks, but it was the Senators who didn’t do their homework. In fact, according to Friedman, Ottawa assured Vegas that Dadonov hadn’t sent in his list of teams he didn’t want to be traded to.

So Pierre Dorion and his group told their Nevada counterparts that the Russian had no clause. History tells us that this was indeed untrue, and that’s why the deal between Vegas and Anaheim was aborted.

We don’t know what the penalty will be and, more importantly, why it took so long to announce, but it clearly doesn’t make the organization look good for a third time this week. New owner Michael Andlauer and Steve Staios, his new president of field hockey operations, are currently evaluating the performance of the entire organization. Heads could roll in Ottawa.

Stay tuned. Will the NHL lure Ottawa with one or more picks in the 2024 draft? The team has eight picks, including two first-rounders, this year.

In Brief

– What a story!

– Allan Walsh doesn’t mince his words.

– This would be great news.

– How will he perform?

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