Ott signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Red Wings on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Wings loaded up on defensemen during last week's draft, but the focus in free agency has been strengthening the team's cast of forwards -- before the evening on the first day of free agency, general manager Ken Holland has already signed Ott, Thomas Vanek, Frans Nielsen, and re-signed Darren Helm. Ott has 13 years in the league, but he's well past his prime.
Ott was a healthy scratch for Thursday night's Game 3 against the Sharks. This was the first time in the series that Ott's been scratched. Both he and Scottie Upshall (upper body) were removed from the active lineup, replaced by Magnus Paajarvi and Dmitri Jaskin. Unlike tweaks head coach Ken Hitchcock made earlier in the playoffs, these moves had very little impact for the Blues, who were shut out for a second straight games and have gone scoreless the last seven-and-a-half periods.
Ott (hamstring) returned to the Blues lineup Sunday for the first time since he was injured Dec. 5. He had 6:29 of ice time in St. Louis' 3-2 win in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series against Chicago. Ott did what Ott does best: agitate. He had four hits and was involved in several post-whistle scrums. He's not expected to make an impact offensively, particularly skating on the fourth line, but can provide value if you're looking for someone to throw his body into others.
Ott (hamstring) will return to the lineup for Sunday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Ott hasn't seen game action since Dec. 5, but will finally return to the lineup in the place of Ryan Reaves. Even so, his presence shouldn't impact much from a fantasy perspective, as the 33-year-old forward has just two points (both assists) over 21 games this season. However, he should provide a physical presence, collecting 184 hits last season.
Ott (hamstring) is on the ice for pregame warmups, but didn't take part in line rushes, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Ott hasn't played since he sustained a hamstring injury on Dec. 5 against the Maple Leafs, but appears to be on the verge of returning to game action given his presence on the ice during pregame warmups Friday evening. His impending return to the Blues' lineup won't be of any importance to fantasy owners, as the 33-year-old forward has only notched two assists while averaging just 10:55 of ice time over 21 games this season.
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