NHL Notebook: Senators hold onto 2024 first round pick and Scott Howson signs extension to remain AHL president

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
The Ottawa Senators will hold onto their first-round pick this year, kicking the can down the road on a required forfeiture.
The punishment comes in response to a botched trade between the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks. At the 2022 trade deadline, Vegas tried to trade Evgenii Dadonov west, but a no-trade clause they weren’t aware of prevented the deal from going through.
A league investigation found the Senators weren’t forthright with the Golden Knights about Dadonov’s trade protection when they sent him there in a July 2021 trade. One of the Senators’ first round picks in 2024, 2025 or 2026 needed to be forfeited as a result.
Here’s more on the situation from Daily Faceoff’s Mike Gould:
The Senators relieved Pierre Dorion of his duties as their general manager the same day the league doled out its punishment, with owner Michael Andlauer describing the controversy as the ‘last straw’ for Dorion in Ottawa.
After initially being named Dorion’s replacement on an interim basis, Staios took over as the club’s full-time GM — in addition to his duties as president of hockey operations — on December 31, 2023.
The Senators have not made a first-round selection since 2021, when they took Tyler Boucher with the No. 10 pick. Boucher has struggled to remain healthy in the three seasons since he was drafted and managed just five points in 21 AHL games this past season.
After trading the No. 7 overall pick in 2022 as part of a deal for Alex DeBrincat (who lasted just one season in Ottawa), the Senators flipped the No. 12 pick in 2023 and two second-round picks for Jakob Chychrun (who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2025).
The Senators currently possess eight selections in the 2024 NHL Draft. In addition their own first-round pick, they own Boston’s first, their own second-rounder, four fourth-rounders (Tampa Bay’s, Detroit’s, Florida’s, and their own), and their own fifth-rounder.

Howson re-signs with AHL

Former Edmonton Oilers executive Scott Howson has signed a multi-year extension with the American Hockey League to remain its president and CEO.
Howson, who has been with the league since 2020 when he was unanimously selected as their 10th president, has spent over two decades in the NHL previously with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Oilers.
“The Board of Governors is pleased to extend Scott Howson as President and CEO of the American Hockey League,” said Laurence Gilman, senior vice president/governor of the Toronto Marlies and chair of the AHL’s Executive Committee. “Under Scott’s leadership, he has maintained a commitment to a high standard of excellence on and off the ice. We look forward to working together towards the continued success of the AHL.”
Howson played in the AHL in the mid-80’s, later joining the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Cape Breton as their general manager in 1994. He followed the team to Hamilton in 1996, and later worked as the Oilers’ assistant general manager from 2000 through 2007.
After that 2006-07 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets hired Howson as their general manager, where he spent six seasons. Fired in February 2013, he swiftly rejoined the Oilers as a pro scout for the rest of the season before being promoted to senior vice-president of hockey operations ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. He held the role for three years, before in 2016-17 he was a pro scout again for one year, before then spending the next three as Edmonton’s director of player development.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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