Yep, let's slap Sobotka's hand (assuming he cares; no evidence he does; he's not from North America)...but give a raise to Berglund for...uh...what again? Oh, right-very limited player, an eternal prospect significantly underperforming considering his physical gifts and draft position but hey-he DID just take whatever the Blues offered him. Which makes sense, as nobody was rushing to give that guy a $4M/per offer sheet.
Meanwhile, in a "definitely not rationalization" move, many Blues fans are now finding reasons to think Ott may be a useful addition to the roster.
I just can't do the "root for laundry" thing.
I don't think anybody is excited Ott is back. But, many of us will root for whomever is wearing the note. He's wearing the note, so time to root for him. While I do think too much has been made out of how bad this is (he's a 4th liner), my support for him is much more of a "he's on the Blues" nature than it is a "Steve Ott is awesome" nature. And, I suspect that holds true for many. I don't care how bad a player is. If he's on the Blues, I'll root for him.
I always root for the Blues, I always want them to win. I'll root for any Blues player in a game because he has the potential to help the Blues win. We agree there. Still, I can't allow myself to be completely inconsistent in my evaluation of players based solely on for what team they play. I never liked Maxim Lapierre-he's a dirty, cheap-shotting, non-hockey-playing douche who constantly chirps at everyone but never fights and has bad manscaping. I didn't like him in Montreal, I didn't like him in Vancouver and I don't really like him now. I do want him to do the best for the Blues when he's on the ice, of course, but I worry also about him bringing disrepute on the club and also about his total lack of attacking end skills causing problems.
What really works me up is people letting the club think for them. "Well, they signed Ott so there must be some upside there. Why believe my lying eyes?" -several Blues fans I specifically remember ripping the guy up and down in the spring. I have a feeling if Miller were re-signed I'd be seeing a full on rehabilitation of him among Blues' fans. Whereas in reality, to hear them speak of the guy these days you'd never realize he was a goalie who started for USA and won a Vezina. I can't just turn on a dime like that.