Skip to content

Ott: ‘Tough’ to watch Sabres sell at deadline

Apr 5, 2013, 2:54 PM EST

SteveOtt

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.”

Latest Posts
  1. Shaw returns to Blackhawks’ lineup tonight

    Nov 26, 2014, 10:03 AM EST

    Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    He missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.

  2. Are the Jets and Coyotes being too loyal to their starting goalies?

    Nov 26, 2014, 9:16 AM EST

    Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks Getty Images

    It’s a question that could decide a playoff spot or two.

  3. Ducks aren’t sure how severe Beauchemin’s upper-body injury is

    Nov 26, 2014, 8:51 AM EST

    Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars Getty Images

    Tough start to the season for the veteran defenseman.

  4. Avs erase 3-0 deficit to edge Coyotes 4-3

    Nov 26, 2014, 2:00 AM EST

    Colorado Avalanche v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    Colorado has now won four of five.

  5. Report: Perron could be headed to Columbus

    Nov 26, 2014, 12:45 AM EST

    davidperrongetty Getty Images

    Jackets and Oilers talking trade.

  6. Video: Hanzal with an elbow to the head of Erik Johnson

    Nov 26, 2014, 12:05 AM EST

    Martin Hanzal Getty Images

    The Avs’ defenseman left the game and did not return.

  7. Video: Stars’ Garbutt hits Hall knee-on-knee

    Nov 25, 2014, 11:25 PM EST

    St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

    The Oilers’ forward has had his share of knee injuries.

  8. Video: Canucks honor Quinn with “O Danny Boy”

    Nov 25, 2014, 10:29 PM EST

    patquinn

    Spent time in Vancouver as a player and a coach.

  9. Video: Canucks’ Desjardins delivers the news to Horvat

    Nov 25, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Bo Horvat, Jason Demers, Pascal Pelletier AP

    The 19-year-old rookie will be sticking in the NHL this season.

  10. Video: Boll with a hit to the head on Postma

    Nov 25, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    EDMONTON, CANADA - MARCH 14: Jared Boll #40 of the Columbus Blue Jackets watches warm-up before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place on March 14, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

    Chris Thorburn dropped the gloves with the Jackets tough guy.

  11. Report: Kings receiving interest in Nolan

    Nov 25, 2014, 7:15 PM EST

    Jordan Nolan AP

    He’s been a healthy scratch in three straight games.

  12. Torres aims to resume skating soon — without his right ACL

    Nov 25, 2014, 5:48 PM EST

    Raffi Torres Getty Images

    Sharks forward has undergone months of rehab on his surgically-repaired knee.

  13. The Kings aren’t just ‘going to go out and blow’ their Voynov cap space

    Nov 25, 2014, 5:04 PM EST

    2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Getty Images

    “Let’s get real. Finding top-four defensemen, they’re not available,” says GM Dean Lombardi.

  14. Trade: Canucks, Isles flip prospects

    Nov 25, 2014, 4:27 PM EST

    New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    Alex Mallet for Andrey Pedan, specifically.

Featured video

Eakins on his way out of Edmonton?

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (2527)
  2. V. Hedman (2410)
  3. P. Sharp (2369)
  4. S. Crosby (2251)
  5. D. Krejci (1950)
  1. B. Marchand (1924)
  2. Z. Chara (1867)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1750)
  4. A. Tanguay (1532)
  5. S. Varlamov (1527)