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Ott: ‘Tough’ to watch Sabres sell at deadline

Apr 5, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT


Following Tuesday’s win over Pittsburgh, Buffalo forward Steve Ott told NBC’s Brian Engblom he hoped the Sabres would be buyers at the trade deadline.

Then GM Darcy Regier traded away the team’s captain, Jason Pominville.

The move didn’t come as a huge surprise considering Pominville’s name was floated in trade rumors and the Sabres currently sit 14th in the Eastern Conference, five points out of a playoff spot.

But that doesn’t mean Ott took the decision to sell lightly.

“It was tough. Let’s be honest,” Ott told the Buffalo News. “What Jason has done for the Buffalo Sabres over the last 10 years or so is unbelievable. He’s a heckuva player. It’s not easy to replace a guy like that. It takes years to build a prospect into a Jason Pominville.”

When the dust finally settled on the trade deadline bonanza, Buffalo had shipped out Pominville, T.J. Brennan, Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr.

In return, the club got a number of draft picks and a couple of prospects, but nothing that would boost the current active roster.

For a self-described “hard-worker” that “holds things accountable” to himself, Ott couldn’t have been pleased with what many saw as waving a white towel on this season.

It’s probably why he wanted Regier to be a buyer on Wednesday — and probably why he’s still talking about making he playoffs.

“You always want to have hope and we still have hope in this dressing room,” he explained. “We have eight home games left and three on the road. A little bit of our destiny is in our hands but we have to win games.

“That’s a fact of where we are right now.”

  1. ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    looks more like Steve the Pirate (from Dodgeball) in this photo


  2. patrickhelper - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    The Sabres didn’t go fire sale, but they may have started to show the NHL their new blueprints. But, it will all fall in Darcy’s lap if it doesn’t work.

  3. patrickhelper - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Sorry Darcy this mess is on you

  4. letsgopens8771 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    As I recall, it was Ott in the first place who wanted Buffalo to be a seller at the deadline, so he got his wish. Just shut up about it and deal with it.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM


  5. dolphincult - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    No I think its more he is pissed at himself that he balked at lifting the no trade clause when the habs came sniffing and now he stuck on a seriously crappy team with one scorer and an aging goalie. This group and coach have had season after season after season to get it done and it didnt happen. It sucks they couldnt get some solid prospects and only lottery tickets in return but that is squarely on the shoulders of the gm he waited too long to retool this club

  6. billsin20xx - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    It’s too bad but the Sabre’s CANNOT GET BETTER until they fire Regier. This is his mess, I can’t believe that Pegula hasn’t got rid of him yet.

    • dolphincult - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      what too bad is that the bum gm has been able to ship off the decent talent for fools gold in draft picks and neuter the team before he finally is put out to pasture……leaving the cupboard bare for the next guy in line who will have to beg the poor sabres fans “that they need to be patient while we build a winner”………perhaps they should hold onto him until Feaster is fired in Calgary and grab him cuz he is so good at selling that line to the public.

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