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Dallas Stars: A Few Words Regarding Steve Ott

Dallas StarsDallas have been back practising in Frisco today after a relatively successful three game road trip this past week. A good solid outing which has seen us garner 5 points from a possible 6, has us in 6th place in the West with a game in hand over the San Jose Sharks - to whom we trail in the standings by a solitary point.

All looking good.

Bad news comes though in the form of Steve Ott’s two game suspension which has been officially announced today for an agonizing low check on Carlo Colaiacovo of the Los Angeles Kings.

As a result of this, Ott is now considered to be a repeat offender under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement following a previous one game suspension in February this year and dips out of a $36,585.36 pay total.

There is indeed a very fine line that is walked by any instigator on any roster in any league and Steve Ott is only a few more suspensions away from being mentioned in the same sentence as “that man”. You know… him.

Stars fans love to see the grit, the determination and the 200% effort he gives his team night in, night out. If you take away that fire that makes him the clutch player he can be, you no doubt lose something very necessary in Ott’s composition.

He has the ability to bring so much more to this team and really needs to reel himself in a little.

I doubt coach Crawford will expect any less of Steve than to show that unwavering stance against any opposition but when he is ultimately throwing points away by being in the box or missing games through suspensions, he is causing more harm than good.

It would have been better if he could’ve learned his lesson from the February suspension but now, even more so. He is as good as a marked man as far as the league is concerned and he simply has to show the strength of character needed to step away from the wrecking ball reputation he has given himself and focus on the type of play that had him step to the plate last season when half the roster were out with various ailments.

This leads to me to thinking that a guy like Ott plays so much better when the chips are down. Perhaps it takes a serious situation like last season for true grit to show through.

Perhaps…

Perhaps Steve Ott just bleeds Dallas Stars colors and wants to literally throw everything he’s got into holding his team up. Either way, he will be watched by fans, Stars staff, team mates, opposition and the league, each in their own ways and each will expecting different things from the Otter. I personally would expect him to rebound from this significantly and enmesh himself in Stars folklore for years to come. He just IS that kind of player. Trouble is; he doesn’t know it yet.

NOTES:
Mike Modano worked in the practice earlier this morning and yesterday but still has no expected time for being match ready.
Jere Lehtinen practiced a little this morning as well and again - has no expected time to be match fit.
Brad Richards didn’t practice Monday in order to rest his groin but he is not a serious doubt for the next game - a home visit of Toronto.

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