Dallas Stars: Steve Ott

Steve Ott out with back spasms

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
7:49
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DALLAS -- Stars forward Steve Ott is out for tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks due to back spasms.

Ott took part in the Stars skate Thursday morning, but left the ice early. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said at the time that Ott wasn't feeling well.

Ryan Garbutt took Ott's spot on the Stars' second line with center Jamie Benn and right wing Adam Burish in Thursday night's game.

Jake Dowell, activated from IR Thursday afternoon after missing seven games with a broken finger, was back in the lineup. Dowell took Garbutt's spot on the fourth line.

Ott, Laviolette avoid discipline

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
10:56
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ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun has an update on last week's confrontation between Stars forward Steve Ott and Flyers coach Laviolette.
Dallas Stars winger Steve Ott and Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette avoided any league discipline for their bumping incident last week, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.

The league investigated the incident and spoke to both parties involved but in the end asked that Ott and Laviolette speak to each other over the phone to hash it out, a source told ESPN.com. The league was satisfied Ott and Laviolette settled things over the phone and decided no fines were warranted.

The rest of the story is here.

Flyers coach shoves Steve Ott after first period

December, 21, 2011
12/21/11
10:07
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DALLAS -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette shoved Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott as players were leaving the ice after the first period of Wednesday's game at American Airlines Center.

As Dallas players were filing down the tunnel to head to their locker room, Laviolette tried to get by but was blocked by Ott and eventually the Flyers coach shoved the Stars forward so he could go down the tunnel. Ott thought the Flyers coach should have waited for the Dallas players to file off and then head down the tunnel.

"It's disrespect of our building. Just let our team off. It's not that big of a deal," Ott said. "He obviously thought he has a higher power than everybody else and a little bit more arrogance than most coaches in the NHL. That's probably the first time I've seen that. I would never do that against Philadelphia if I was in their building. Just show a little respect, that's all."

Laviolette didn't want to discuss the incident after the game, saying he preferred to focus on his team's 4-1 victory over the Stars.

“We just had a big win and moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference," Laviolette said. "Unfortunately the Blackhawks won but we should probably keep it about the game because it was such a big win for our team.”

When asked if the incident had anything to do with Ott's hard hit on Flyers center Claude Giroux in the first period, Laviolette again shifted the focus to the results of the game.

“What a huge win for our organization tonight. It was a big win for our organization on the road," he said. "We get one of our top players out and a chance to move into first overall in the Eastern Conference. I’m sure that’s what you guys want to talk about.”

Here's video of the incident.

The Dallas Stars have placed forward Adam Burish on injured reserve with a broken hand. Burish, who was injured in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to Florida when he was hit in the hand by a puck, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The Stars also activated forward Steve Ott from injured reserve. Ott has missed the last six games with a hip injury. He is set to play in Friday's game at Colorado.

Stars put Steve Ott on IR

November, 10, 2011
11/10/11
4:03
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The Dallas Stars have put forward Steve Ott on injured reserve retroactive to October 29. Ott isn't on the team's current road trip and has missed the last three games with a hip pointer.

With Brenden Morrow missing practice Thursday with an elbow issue, the move gives the Stars an open roster spot if Morrow is unable to play and the Stars want to call up a player from Texas of the AHL.

Steve Ott won't join Stars on trip

November, 9, 2011
11/09/11
5:31
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Stars forward Steve Ott, who has missed the last three games with a hip pointer, will not join the Stars for the last two games of their current road trip, according to a team official.

Ott, who has been working out and skating on his own in Frisco, suffered the injury Oct. 27 against the Los Angeles Kings, played through the injury the next game against New Jersey and has missed the following the three games.

The Stars wrap up their current road trip with games against Pittsburgh (Friday) and Detroit (Saturday).

Practice notes: Steve Ott update

November, 5, 2011
11/05/11
1:15
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FRISCO -- Stars forward Steve Ott is out for Sunday's game against Carolina and it doesn't look like he'll be ready for Tuesday's game at Washington. Ott, who missed last night's game with a hip pointer, won't travel with the team to start the upcoming road trip but there is hope he'll be ready to play Friday in Pittsburgh.

"These last two days have been real good. He's made some improvements and he is not in as much discomfort," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said after Saturday's practice. "I think Tuesday is a stretch because we need him to practice a couple days. I think we are going to move that to Friday. He's going to stay back for the first bit of the trip so he can rehab and possibly get on the ice here by himself."

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Sunday in Carolina. Andrew Raycroft will play in one of the four games during the road trip, but Gulutzan said which one of the games will be determined later.

The forward lines in practice looked the same as last night's game. Defensive pairs were mixed in the practice. Here were the forward lines:

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Wandell/Barch-Dowell-Petersen

Practice update: Steve Ott out Friday

November, 3, 2011
11/03/11
1:14
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FRISCO -- Forward Steve Ott will not play in Friday's game against Colorado due to a hip injury. He could miss the first game of the Stars' upcoming road trip (Sunday at Carolina) as well.

"He won't be ready for us tomorrow," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said after Thursday's practice. "He's got a bit of a hip pointer. It's bruising out now, so that's a good thing. We can see it. I don't think he'll be a guy for Sunday, but that Tuesday game in Washington isn't out of sight for us now. We just want to make sure he is ready."

Ott suffered the injury in last Thursday's game against Los Angeles, finished that game and then played through the injury in Saturday's game against New Jersey.

Defenseman Nicklas Grossman,who suffered a cut to the cheek from a skate in Saturday's game, switched from the full cage to a half-shield for practice today. Grossman said the clear shield worked better for him.

Today's practice lines looked the same as yesterday's.

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Barch-Dowell-Petersen
Wandell

Defense pairings were mixed

Lehtonen
Raycroft

Q&A with Steve Ott

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
11:54
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Forward Steve Ott has been in town about a week, skating in Frisco as he gets ready for Dallas Stars training camp. Ott recently answered a few questions about some of the changes surrounding the team and the upcoming season.

Thoughts on new head coach Glen Gulutzan

“The few conversations I’ve had with him, hearing from the younger guys that have played for Gully and seeing him helping out at our training camps the last couple years, he’s always been a very upbeat guy, very energetic and a smart, young hockey mind. I think that mentality is something I am looking forward to and I am sure the rest of the team is energy-wise.”

On the team’s offseason player moves

“All the new faces are a lot of strong, competitive guys. In the essence of watching what Boston did and how that competitive team won the Stanley Cup, I think we can match everybody’s competitiveness and strength in the league with our new additions. I think it really makes us a hard team to play against. Personally, I am looking forward to that, too, because mentality-wise we're going to be right there and extremely competitive.”

On the team’s depth this season and the commitment to rolling four lines and spreading out ice time.

“You saw it last year. The first 50 games you can ride those guys with heavy minutes, but the last 30 – crunch time – you see a big drop off and a fade out of the guys. It’s a lack of energy some nights or you are just too beat up. Let’s face it, to be able to roll a strong group every single night and have that dominant fourth line and that dominant third line, you’re definitely going to have a great lineup to put out every night. I think it takes a lot of stress off your top guys, physically and mentally. Even the camaraderie grows from that because you see how strong you can play as a full unit. That’s something we haven’t had the last couple years, I felt. We mixed around with our third and fourth lines so much we couldn’t find anything steady. I think we’ll finally be solid there.”

On the team’s added toughness

“We have a lot of gamers. I think our toughness level has definitely gone up. I don’t see another team that is tougher than the Dallas Stars on paper. Obviously toughness is size and strength, but there are a lot of guys that are full gamers that are willing. You can look around this room and when you’re coming to play Dallas it is going to be a tough, physical game.”

About getting the chance to play bigger role this season, and opportunity to be a top six forward

“Big time. I've talked to them, seeing where they I fit in and where they want me to play. I was always kind of mixing around. If someone went down I would jump up lines or was centering or left wing. I guess to have the opportunity to be a steady player in one position, I am excited for that and ready to grab it. I kind of exceled at it a few years ago, did well. I think it’s something I’ve been waiting for a long time, to be given an opportunity like this. I am really looking forward to coming into training camp, expressing that and showing where I belong.”

Steve Ott relishing chance at bigger role

September, 6, 2011
9/06/11
5:02
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FRISCO -- It was crowded out in Frisco today as more guys arrived in town and joined other players who have been skating on their own the past couple weeks.

Among the latest arrivals was forward Steve Ott. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has said Ott is an important player this season and will be given an opportunity to land a spot in the team’s top six forwards. Ott is relishing the chance.

“Big time," Ott said after Tuesday’s skate. “I've talked to them, seeing where they I fit in and where they want me to play. I was always kind of mixing around. If someone went down I would jump up lines or was centering or left wing. I guess to have the opportunity to be a steady player in one position, I am excited for that and ready to grab it. I kind of exceled at it a few years ago, did well. I think it’s something I’ve been waiting for a long time, to be given an opportunity like this. I am really looking forward to coming into training camp, expressing that and showing where I belong.”

As for his take on the Stars' offseason free agent signings, Ott offered this take:

“All the new faces are a lot of strong, competitive guys,” said Ott. “In the essence of watching what Boston did and how that competitive team won the Stanley Cup, I think we can match everybody’s competitiveness and strength in the league with our new additions. I think it really makes us a hard team to play against. Personally, I am looking forward to that, too, because mentality-wise were going to be right there and extremely competitive.”

Some of the other guys on the first for the first time today: Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley, Adam Burish, Vernon Fiddler, Mark Fistric and Krys Barch. Some of the Texas Stars guys on hand were Richard Bachman, Tyler Beskorowany, Brenden Dillon, Colton Sceviour, Luke Gazdic and Matt Fraser.

Some of this morning’s skate included five-on-five play. Here’s some video:

Not sure exactly when this happened (it may have been Mansfield over the weekend), but it was put up on YouTube this week. While Stars forward Steve Ott was reading to kids at a bookstore, a young girl asked him why he fights.

Otter, who is usually quick with an answer, takes a little time with this one. Listen closely for the follow up question. It's great stuff.

You can see the video here.

Dany Heatley suspended 2 games

March, 16, 2011
3/16/11
6:30
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The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley two games for his hit on Stars forward Steve Ott in Tuesday's game at American Airlines Center.

Here's the release from the NHL:
San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars player Steve Ott in NHL game #1049 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Heatley’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 15:54 of the third period and Heatley was assessed a minor penalty for interference.

Heatley will miss the Sharks’ next two games -- March 17 against Minnesota and March 19 against St. Louis. He will be eligible to return March 23 against Calgary.
The Stars were not happy with some of the head shots they took in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The most costly one appeared to be a Doug Murray hit that knocked Stars forward Loui Eriksson from the game.

Here's a quote from Stars forward Steve Ott on the subject following the game.
"Colin Campbell has his hands full that’s for sure. The Loui Eriksson hit, I think that is prototypical. He’s reaching for the hit. The big guy knows what he is doing. He’s bearing down and finishing the check. He did it again on [Tomas] Vincour and elbowed him right in the face. My head is killing me from the light right now from Dany Heatley’s little cheap shot. If this doesn’t get looked at, I don’t know. I guess when you’re used to being on the other end and being suspended like I have in the past, it’s pretty evident where this stuff should go in a hurry. I don’t care if Heatley makes $10 million or if Murray makes this, it’s time to get this out of the game as fast as we can and protect guys. We’ve got guys in there that are going to be icing heads. You only have one brain, so let’s honestly start figuring something out."

Ott ranked 3rd among all-time agitators

July, 28, 2010
7/28/10
11:13
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TSN put together a broadcast on hockey’s top 10 agitators of all-time, and Stars forward Steve Ott ranked third.

“He infuriates guys. He’ll say things that are cut-throat,” former Star and current ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby said on the TSN broadcast. “He’ll finish every check, he plays very hard, he’ll fight and we’re seeing he can score goals.”

Barnaby knows something about the art of agitating. He was the master and ranked No. 1 on TSN's list of agitators.

A couple of other guys who played briefly for the Stars made the list – Sean Avery and Claude Lemieux.

It’s an entertaining program and you can watch it here. It’s about 22 minutes long and Ott’s segment is about 13:30 into the broadcast.

Barnaby’s segment is great. It includes a classic video clip from his time in Dallas.

Stars open camp in Prince Edward Island

July, 2, 2010
7/02/10
10:42
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The Stars will open their 2010 training camp in Charlottetown, capital city of the eastern Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.

PEI is the home province to Stars centers Brad Richards and Steve Ott.

The club will hold physicals and testing Sept. 17 in Frisco before departing to Canada. The first practice will take place the next day with on-ice training sessions at the MacLauchlan Arena at the CARI Complex, which features two sheets of NHL-regulation ice. Practices are open to the public.

The team will skate for three days in Charlottetown and will hold an intrasquad scrimmage Sept. 19 before returning to Dallas Sept. 20. The Stars will be back in time for the preseason match Sept. 21 against Tampa Bay at the American Airlines Center.

The Stars' regular-season slate begins Oct. 8 at New Jersey.

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