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Sabres captain Ott wants to stay but knows he could be traded

Feb 23, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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One of the names that will come up often ahead of the March 5 trade deadline is that of Buffalo Sabres captain Steve Ott.

Ott is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent over the summer. As John Vogl of The Buffalo News shares, he’d rather stay in Buffalo than be dealt.

“I told them I want to be here,” Ott said. “We’ll see where it all goes. I am professional enough to know the business side of things and what the situation is here as well. We’ll see how it all plays out in the next two weeks.”

One of the main reasons he wants to stay with the Sabres is how he’s been treated by the organization, as Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald shares. That said, his style of play and the intangibles he brings to teams might cause other teams to pony up big for his services down the stretch and potentially into the postseason.

Ott’s game is a physical one and one that disrupts how opponents play. In 57 games this season he has 20 points and 55 penalty minutes so he can add a little bit offensively as well. Players like that that could be had at the deadline are rare which puts Sabres GM Tim Murray in a good position to cash in.

  1. nflfan4now - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    He’s a team player, hopefully they can trade him for some help, then re-sign him in July!

    • bullwinkle88 - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      My thoughts exactly!

  2. thomasvanek - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    My dream free agency would be to get Miller, Moulson, Vanek, and Ott back after loading up on even more picks… one can dream can’t he?

    • bullwinkle88 - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      No, that’s a nightmare. We don’t want Vanek back for many reasons, nor Miller. We need to be bad next year, remember. Ott we need, the others, no.

      • thomasvanek - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        I know. I’m just not very good with change lol.

    • anthj99 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      That’s exactly the nostalgic kind of thinking that got us to the sad state that we are in now. Maybe we can bring back Afinogenov, Briere, and Drury too. It’s long past the time to move on.

  3. drewsylvania - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    I hope he is traded to the Western Conference. That way, the chances of him blowing out a Bruin’s knee are lessened.

  4. lowenni - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    He’s cleaned up his act. He’s a solid player now. Would be a real nice pickup for a playoff team looking to add some grit.

    • lowenni - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago tried to get rid of Bickell and bring in Ott.

  5. djshnooks - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    He’s the only one I would bring back, but in July after getting something for him.

    It’s been reported Murray wants a 1st, and Ott is definitely worth that to a playoff team. But for a rebuilding team, a 1st is a 1st…could use it for Thatcher Demko at the end of round one. Getting the best goalie In the draft wouldn’t hurt…gonna be exciting either way…buckle up, Sabres fans.

  6. imgoingtowichita - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Off the top of my head, I can’t recall more than a handful of UFA’s that we’re traded at the deadline and then chose to resign with the club that traded them. I’m looking for some help here??

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