The Ottawa Senators are looking at ways to improve their roster, though they are not entering a full rebuild mode... yet. Following the controversial approach to captain Erik Karlsson's contract extension, Sens GM Pierre Dorion had to make some things clearer to rival general managers, who might look to shop in Ottawa ahead of the trade deadline.
While several clubs have been inquiring about forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mike Hoffman and Zack Smith, and defenseman Cody Ceci, a clear message was sent about one of the players rival teams were targeting in a trade.
And no, it isn't Karlsson.
NHL insider Elliotte Friedman has reported that teams inquired about forward Mark Stone, but were told he is not available. While Stone could bring an interesting return to the Senators, Dorion is not looking to let him go.
In 32 games with the Sens thus far this season, Stone has tallied 14 goals and 30 points and is the team's leading scorer. No letting him go!
Dorion is said to be seeking young players, draft picks and prospects, but he won't be Stone on the other end of the deal.