Sobotka's numbers and production might push him more towards a 3rd line/4th line assignment but nobody, absolutely NOBODY played with as much heart as him. Period. Boat had the team's pulse and that's all there is to it. You knock him down, you put him down, he got back up. People say Morrow is a warrior, but there ain't no other player on this team that's more a warrior than the Boat and that has to inspire his teammates and sets the bar for others. Really hoping he comes back to us soon.
With that said, How can anyone...anyone...defend us re-signing Ott? Oh wait, we need Centers, okay gotcha, but with that said....
2013 - 2014 0G/3A/-12
2012 - 2013 9G/11A -26
2012 - 2013 9G/15A -3
THIS IS WORTH 2.6M A YEAR? ON WHAT PLANET?
We could get an AHLer to do this much for league minimum. But we paid 2.6m for the throw-in for Ryan Miller.
But Ott's not as bad as we all think, right? Bullshit. He's worse.
Well, to be fair...Ott isn't being paid to put up good offensive numbers. That isn't his role...never has been, so it's not fair to post those numbers and say he isn't worth the money based on those numbers.
Ott is a checking agitator...a good one... who will play on the 3rd/4th line and might put up around 10 goals.
I don't think it's ridiculous to feel that Ott will have a better year than last year...and that is what the Blues ownership is banking on. And $2.6 million may be a tad too much for Ott, but it's not a ridiculous contract. I'd have liked them to have signed Ott for closer to $2 million...but it is what it is. It's not like he'll be playing on the top 2 lines...if that was the plan, then I'd be on board with the outrage.
Considering our lack of depth at center, someone gets hurt, Ott will be playing mid - top line minutes and his ceiling is ridiculously low.
As Misc. Blues said...Backes probably moves back to center in that scenario.
Ott is not going to play on the top two lines...unless he deserves to based on his play...which won't happen.
400k more for ONE year and we'd have had Boat.
Nope. Very, very doubtful.
Where did you get that info?
2.6 could have easily gotten Scott Gomez + (note the plus). Why have players who can only perform in a limited role and not a player than can contribute across the board even if it's in smaller ways.
You could get three Scott Gomez's for $2.6 million...and no thanks.
Ott isn't an offensive guy, but he has better offensive numbers than Gomez the past few years, which is sad because Gomez's job is to provide offense.
I'm not even sure why Gomez is still in the NHL. I wouldn't want him for free.
Boat was a far more complete player than Ott.
No argument from me on that...and I don't think anyone is saying Ott is the better player...he's not...not even close. But Boat didn't want to play here...so what are you going to do?
Ott doesn't bring in experience winning jack. I'm sorry I don't see the upside to this and would love to eat Crow and see him catch fire but I honestly don't see it in the xards.
Stastny doesn't bring any experience in winning either, should we not have acquired him?
You are acting like we didn't want Sobotka and thought Ott was the better player. Armstrong and the Blues absolutely wanted Boat back...but it would have taken $4 million-plus to get him back (if he would have even come back), and that was just too much money for the organization...and it's hard to argue that.