Dorion said all the recent negative headlines about the Senators haven't affected the team in negotiations.
Assistant general manager Randy Lee is facing harassment charges, was traded after Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed a peace bond because of alleged cyberbullying from Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancée, and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk's ownership status remains a topic of speculation. Caryk and Hoffman have denied the allegations and the Senators have said the team is not for sale. Lee has been suspended from his role while he awaits a court date in Buffalo.
"Not one, not a single one (talked about it)," said Dorion. “In our discussions with agents, and in some cases we spoke to particular players, ... everyone seems excited to come to Ottawa. In the interview period, we could talk to players and that's not something that came to our attention."
Everyone seems excited to come to Ottawa, specifically the one depth forward we signed, and the 35 year old AHL goalie we didn't need.