In a fitting farewell, Steve Ott garners second star honors for the Buffalo Sabres in the month of February, and more than because he was traded away in a shocking deal with Ryan Miller that eliminated leadership on the ice for the Buffalo Sabres in a major way. Steve Ott is a fan favorite – and he loved the city of Buffalo. He was happy to have been traded to a traditional hockey market – even in small time Buffalo. I think many fans are holding out hope that when July 1 rolls around, Ott will sign a deal bringing him and his family back to the Nickel City.
Steve only had one goal and was a minus player for the Buffalo Sabres in February – but on a team that can’t score and doesn’t have an offense, that is not what gives Ott the power to be a second star.
It didn’t matter what the score of a game was, or how close to the end his time was. Steve Ott played every shift like it was going to be his last. The leadership both off and on the ice was something that can’t be replaced by anyone currently on the roster. He had no problem getting dirty to make a play, and that is why fans loved him so much. He embraced the blue collar attitude that makes Buffalo Sabres teams so popular.
Remember the hardest working team in hockey? It was always a bunch of guys playing hockey the way the city lived, and Steve Ott would have fit in great there.
We wish the best of luck to Steve Ott in St. Louis, and hope he returns to Buffalo to bring some of that grit and leadership to Buffalo.
For a guy like Ott – he should provide enough depth and peskiness that will help St. Louis in a playoff run where depth is key, and the game gets nastier the deeper you go.
Hopefully, there is still a bit of the aura of Steve Ott in the locker room at First Niagara Center, rubbed off on a younger generation of players in Buffalo that now must carry the torch.
Thank you to the great Fans, teammates, trainers and all staff with @BuffaloSabres it was a great honor to to be apart of this organization.
— Steve Ott (@otterN9NE) March 1, 2014