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Sabres’ Ott knows he could be traded

Dec 4, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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Sabres captain Steve Ott would consider re-signing in Buffalo; he’s just not sure if he’ll get the chance as the club undergoes a rebuild under new management.

“You’ve got to look at it: Who are your assets?” said Ott, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. “We understand the whole asset side of things. Myself, [Ryan Miller] and [Matt Moulson] are the unrestricted guys in this dressing room, and we’re going to probably cause a little stir because of where we are—in a rebuilding atmosphere we’re usually guys (the team) will get pieces for. Otherwise, that’s bad business.”

Ott, 31, only has three goals and four assists in 28 games. But the veteran center can do other things, like win faceoffs and hit, two qualities that could make him an attractive rental for a playoff contender.

Ott is in the final year of a four-year contract that has a cap hit of $2.95 million.

Of note, the Sabres traded their previous full-time captain in April, when Jason Pominville was dealt to the Wild. Ott was given the full-time C in October, after co-captain Thomas Vanek was traded to the Isles.

  1. sabatimus - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    So much for that “C”, eh Brave Steve?

    • doubles22 - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Sabres Otta trade him.

    • damaged262 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      You tell em Kessel, err, sabatimus. (don’t worry, Scotts’ not on the ice here. You don’t have to get all yappy like a purse dog.)

  2. rushledger - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Is Ott get traded that’s 3 captains moved in the span of a year, crazy.

  3. rushledger - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM


    • anthj99 - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      gets* (lower case)

    • anthj99 - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM


  4. irokkit - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Ott I’d a Boston assest. The bruins have several md-level AHL talent. Caron & a D man for Ott is a perfect scenario.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I don’t think you watch too many Bruins games.

    • sabatimus - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Is that English?

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Steve Ott, an asset? Hahaha

    • drewsylvania - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      He’s an ass-something, that’s for sure.

      • charlieconway96 - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Drew, I believe he meant “ass-hat”.

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Easily the worst captain in the NHL

    • 19to77 - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      I have no idea how you have as many downvotes as upvotes for this. Seriously, who’s worse than Ott among current captains?

      • mp1131211 - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Giroux! Hahahaha

      • bullwinkle88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        And what makes him such a bad captain? He shows hustle, drive, sticks up for his mates, and does everything a captain is supposed to do.

        What else do you expect? Want him to sell popcorn in the stands between periods as well?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      You must not have seen Giroux play the past month.

  7. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I can’t believe he’s a captain. He’s a locker room toxin. He and Avery destroyed Fabian Brunnstrom while playing for Dallas.

    • darksidecowboy - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Fabian Brunnstrom couldn’t handle the physical NHL, if anything Ott and Avery helped him lose his virginity.

  8. multiplemiggs - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    3 C’s traded in a year isnt so odd for a fire sale

    • damaged262 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Come on people, wake up. It’s not a fire sale, it’s an actual fire!

  9. mp1131211 - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    He wishes! I have a feeling you’ll be finishing out your career in Buffalo, Ott.

    • bullwinkle88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      I’m sure he wouldn’t mind that one bit.

  10. flyerguy73 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    No talent punk. Yeah, I am sure a lot of teams will be lining up for this guy. NOT! Keep him on the sabres along with all of the other no talent players.

    • bullwinkle88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      When it comes down to no talent punks, the Flyers have a lock on the whole league. With all the no talent punks I’ve seen playing for them since the 70’s, you should be ashamed. Crawl back into your hole and stay there.

  11. bullwinkle88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Ott is a very good captain for this team and I hope he stays on. He’s the kind of meat-and-potatoes grinder that is appreciated in Buffalo. He’s a much better captain than Pominville ever was.

    • darksidecowboy - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Dallas fans miss Otter, Buffalo should just trade him for 3rd and resign him this Summer for real rebuild IMO

  12. proudliberal85392 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    How did this joker ever become a captain? That is THE definition of “desperate.”

    • damaged262 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      How the h*ll do you think he became Captain? We ran out of adults to give the C to, der.

  13. irokkit - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM


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