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Blues unlikely to re-sign Ott, Morrow before July 1

Jun 22, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

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Forwards Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott provided the St. Louis Blues with veteran leaders and grit to help round out their lineup, but their brief tenure with the team might be over.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong wanted to keep Ott, but the talks with his camp have “gone quiet” while Morrow’s agent, Brad Devin said there’s “no news to report” regarding his client, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After locking up most of the team’s biggest unrestricted free agents well in advance, Armstrong wants to keep his options open ahead of the draft so that he has the financial flexibility necessary to trade for a second-line center if the opportunity arises. Armstrong still hasn’t ruled out re-signing Ott and is open to bringing back Morrow even if he tests the free agent waters first, but in both cases, they would have to be willing to sign within the Blues’ guidelines.

“We want to do fair contracts, but we don’t want to be anybody’s retirement package,” Armstrong said.

The Blues have nearly $22 million in cap space left, but they have to re-sign restricted free agents Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, Jaden Schwartz, in addition to ideally acquiring the second-line center. On top of that, the Blues don’t anticipate spending to the ceiling in 2014-15.

  1. ewampus - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Come back to Dallas Otter!

  2. thatguytml92 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    It would be awesome to see spezza and ott playing on the same team again hope they find a way

  3. rednuthatch - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Buffalo has your sweater ready, Captain Ott!
    *Please* come back!

    • zetaone - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      I so hope he comes back to be that leader in the locker room for ALL the rookies were going to have in the next 3 years. Doesn’t hurt we need to spend a lot to even hit the cap floor.

  4. jpat2424 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Stay in St. Louis and be ready for another first round EXIT.

  5. djshnooks - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Ott is going to be in Buffalo next year.

    He already said he wanted to come back…and they said they wanted him back.

  6. bullwinkle88 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Come on back Ott – you can have your captaincy back too. The team loves you, the ownership loves you, the fans love you and so does the city of Buffalo!

  7. flyboystransport - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Ott interviewed with the flyers and there are rumors (I don’t know if they’re true) that the flyers are trying to trade for his rights

  8. stevedurbano - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I like Ott- if his whole career had been in STL he would be the prototypical Blue- gritty, hard working over-achiever that never quits. But that’s not what the Blues need. They need more skills at center/ forward to push them to a higher level. How? I don’t know, but I know they can’t stand with a pat hand.

  9. hanspard - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Gonna hate to see Ott go. Morrow not so much, I can take or leave him, but I did love seeing Ott in the lineup.

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