The St. Louis Blues have brought back a familiar face with the signing of unrestricted free agent Steve Ott to a two-year, $5.2 million contract.
Upon hearing that current forward Vladimir Sobotka was considering signing with a team in the Kontinental Hockey League, general manager Doug Armstrong decided that signing one more forward would be a good idea.
When asked about why he decided to sign with the Blues, Ott told an NHL reporter the following:
“They were the team I wanted to go to,” Ott said. “There was no question in mind of any other stuff. Obviously in unrestricted free agency there’s ups and downs, ins, outs, all that kind of stuff. But from the very get go we were very open with St. Louis. It’s worked out perfect in the essence of where I want to be and the best chance I thought to win the Stanley Cup. Once I got a taste of it there last year, it was a no-brainer.”
Ott was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in February along with goalie Ryan Miller. He recorded three assists over the course of 23 regular season games. In addition, he managed two points in six playoff games.
Armstrong is happy he was able to work out a deal to bring Ott back. He stated that Ott is a strong utility player and believes he showed what type of competitor he can be during the playoffs. Ott has the determination to score while on the ice and the Blues need that in their lineup.
“I look at Ott and Reaves, they really provide us a real strong component of nastiness,” Armstrong said. “I like the make-up of our team, and I like having a little bit of sandpaper in there.”