Brian Baird was the first overall pick by the Ottawa senators in the 1995 NHL Draft, but has not finished a single game with the retired defender franchise.
Unsket, R.I. The 1994-99 season came to an end when he scored 5 points in 56 games against the Detroit Junior Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey League. He won an OHL championship under first-team coach Paul Morris and was willing to jump straight into the NHL with the senators.
Baird attended Sense’s training camp, but the team decided to send him to Junior, who was not well with Blower, so he applied for business.
“It was something for me,” Berard said Tuesday while attending Hockey Central. “I wanted to play as an 18-year-old. I thought I was ready enough to play as an 18-year-old. We went to the Ottawa field and had a really good camp.
“It was actually nothing against Ottawa or its fans. The company was then in a complex shape. ”
Brian Baird returned to the Lifes playoffs in 1999 without a senator and returned with an eye injury.
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The senators finished last in each of the franchise’s first four seasons after joining the league as an expansion team in 1992.
In theory, Baird should have made the 1995-96 list and it should have been a simple deal compromise. However, he said, “That’s the kind of thing they don’t want to give me this year.”
“I walked into the camp and thought it was easy – and I think people would admit it – I was easily a supporter of the first four members of that group,” he said.
Baird said he received information from a journalist that the team did not plan to sign him in the 1999-96 season, it was a business decision rather than a Hawke’s decision.
“I don’t think it’s a great place to start at age 18 and my agent (Tom Laidla) agreed,” Baird explained. “It had nothing to do with Canada.”
Prior to Austin Mathews, Baird was the only American to be selected by the Canadian franchise.
“I think a lot of people thought that this lame, arrogant American doesn’t want to play in Canada and that’s not true. He loved Toronto, ”said Baird of City, where he then played two seasons before an eye injury that changed his career. “It was the best place for me. I still go there often.
“It’s a great city and I like Canada, so I think I had a bit of a rap for it. But apart from going back to junior I got it positive, I tried to get bigger and stronger. I’ll be ready. “
Berard’s rights were transferred to the New York Islands in January 1996 as part of a three-member business involved with the three-member Maple Leaf. Wade Redden was a key part of the deal with the senators.
In his opening season with the Islanders in 1999-9, Baird finished eighth among defenders and surpassed Jerome Ignela for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rocker.