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Ott shares fans’ passion, worries booing hurts ability to attract UFAs

Apr 10, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2013 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Sabres 3-2 in the shootout.
(March 2, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Steve Ott doesn’t think Buffalo Sabres fans should be booing the team and he recently made his opinion on the subject known.

Before Buffalo suffered a 4-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg, the 30-year-old forward expanded on his viewpoint and shared his fear that the booing might hurt the Sabres’ ability to attract unrestricted free agents.

“If I’m a UFA guy or trying to attract players, there’s nothing better than coming into a building knowing, ‘Wow, this is a fun place to play.’ And that’s obviously concerning in the aspect of UFAs and trying to attract the right players into the Buffalo Sabres,” Ott told Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.

At the same time, Ott hasn’t soured to the team or Sabres fans.

“The reason why I care so much is because I have desire to be a Buffalo Sabre for a long time,” Ott said. “I don’t want to go anywhere.”

Ott also shares and loves the fans’ passion.

“I think it’s great they show they care,” Ott said. “Obviously, just looking for that positive atmosphere in that arena. There’s a lot of great factors, things to be proud of getting closer to that playoff spot.”

Buffalo will return home for a game against Montreal on Thursday.

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  1. Helper Sports - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    It’s a welcome to a hockey town moment. I understand that players don’t want to play for fans that boo, but fans don’t want to watch players not play. Buffalo as a team has been two different teams this year. http://helpersports.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/tale-of-two-teams/

  2. johnny696 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Get over it and grow a set.

  3. adge84 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Agreed welcome to a hockey market where the fans actually care. They make so much money and tickets are so expensive that fans should have the right to boo when their team puts up a lackluster performance. If its such an issue he should head to Phoenix where the team is irrelevant to the people on a nightly basis. I didn’t expect ott to be so sensitive.

  4. elemeno89 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I agree with him. Who wants to play for a city whee the fans constantly berate, have over the top expectations, and call for the heads of every player. As a Sabres fan, I have the feeling that the ones who constantly do the complaining and berating are doing more damage to this team than Darcy Regier could ever do. How can he convince any UFA’s to show up when they know that if the fans see the slightest bit of the players under performance they are hated. There’s a lot more that goes into this than the money. I find it really surprising that people have a hard time seeing that…

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      This can’t be said enough. The arena is either silent or filled with boos. Buffalo has become one of the most negative places in the country. There is a lot that goes into it, bad weather, bad economy, bad sports teams, but people don’t help themselves with all of the negativity!

  5. mz1394 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    The only other city he’s played in is Dallas hardly an nhl city. Change ur diaper. Everything this guy says is stupid. Booing detracts ufas that’s why players never go to teams like the rangers or flyers right?! Lmmfao I-D-I-O-T

    • bigblackzaranek - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Mr. mz1394, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  6. buffalomafia - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    You dumb ass! Did u ever think the reason the Sabres get booo’d is because nobody can score? Tinker Bell Myers can’t play D?! Poor Kaleta takes a beating.

    Ownership should stop being a fan & grow a set & spark up this team instead of going into hiding?!

    Sabres best move is next season?

    Sorry for being negative Sabres fans but all the years of losing gets frustrating!

  7. kgun80 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    We cheer to… We rock the arena if we were winning. We have a lot if folks in this city who love and understand the game… Another contributing factor is the dj for the arena plain sucks he or she plays terrible music and never does anything to get the fans going. I have been a season ticket holder for a long time.. Mr. Pegula take a queue from Philly, Boston and Montreal they are not playing crappy pop music during games!!! But we will boo if we see no effort and lately that’s what we’ve seen.

  8. jjregan21 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    “I don’t want to go anywhere”

    That’s good, because nobody except for maybe the flyers or kings would take a piece of garbage like him

    • tatdue - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      You are obviously f’n clueless….Have a nice day though…. :)

  9. DonkeyStick - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    In all fairness……It’s Buffalo!!! Who would want to live or even play there?

  10. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I think everyone in Buffalo is just still upset that Snake Land was demolished.

  11. mclovinhockey - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Fact is, fans that boo their team are the fans that hold their team very close to their heart. Places like Philly and Toronto have two of the most passionate and smartest fan bases in the league. When the fans see players playing like they don’t care or the team underachieving, the fans will let you know.
    Toronto has been hard on goalies and O, Philly has been hard on the players in net. (Haha I said hard on)

    If you don’t want passionate fans, maybe hockey overall is not the right job for you.

  12. dforce1973 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    EVERY team would LOVE to have Steve Ott play for them. When I heard the Sabres traded Roy for him, I was estatic. Again, listen to the interview!!!!! Ott wants the fans to have POSITIVE energy when the score is close. This has been totally blown out of proportion.

    And by the way, our weather here is the same as in Boston or New York City, so there goes that theory. I’d take some snow over mud slides, hurricanes, earthquakes or anything else any day. Every spring I look outside and my house is still there. Can’t say that if your house is sliding down a hill or being eatin up by a hurricane. Or if that levy breaks………..Just sayin.

    • DonkeyStick - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      yep….Dallas would LOVE to have him back right?

      • bigblackzaranek - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Seeing as they already sent roy away, id say they would.

  13. hockeyflow33 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Then go play for Columbus. Let real players play in hockey markets

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