The Buffalo Sabres are looking to move out several assets besides Thomas Vanek. Aside from Ryan Miller and Matt Moulson, Steve Ott is apparently generating some interest from at least two strong teams early on in the season. Rumor guru Eklund wrote in his quick-hit post on Monday morning that the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks appear to be interested in Buffalo’s current captain.
It’s always wise to take these rumors with a grain of salt, but it is an interesting thought: The idea of Ott skating around in a red Blackhawks home sweater with Chicago’s faithful fans going nuts as he runs the opposition through the boards during the playoffs.
While Eklund did mention that the ‘Hawks probably wouldn’t make a move until closer to the deadline, it is possible that Chicago will look to get deeper down the middle as they attempt to defend their Stanley Cup title. With Dave Bolland gone and Michal Handzus injured, the team has looked to Brandon Pirri to fill in the two-hole.
Will they want to leave such an important role up to an inexperienced player when the postseason rolls around though? Ott at least would give them some options to cycle through. If there’s an important defensive zone start and they are looking for a strong faceoff presence, maybe Ott gets bumped to the second line for a few shifts.
Again, it’s just a rumor and may or may not be particularly accurate. Yet it does indicate a position of need for the ‘Hawks, and the Sabres are a team that could help out if the price was right.