Ott will join the Blues as an assistant coach, effectively ending his playing career.
After a 2016-17 campaign that saw him post just three goals and four assists in 53 games, Ott has decided to end his playing days and turn his attention to patrolling the back of the St. Louis bench. The 34-year-old ends his NHL career with 109 goals and 179 assists after suiting up for 848 games, but he will mostly be remembered for his physical play, for which he accrued 1,555 penalty minutes.
Ott had an assist and seven hits over 11:29 of ice time in a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Ott made his debut for the Canadiens and had an immediate impact while centering the fourth line. He won an offensive-zone faceoff to set up the Habs' first goal and delivered a team high in hits. Collectively, Ott, Torrey Mitchell and Andreas Martinsen gave Montreal its best performance in quite a while from a fourth line. Going forward, Ott should be in the active lineup most nights, delivering in the more physical categories like hits and PIM.
Ott will play his first game with the Canadiens on Saturday against the Rangers.
Ott spent 42 games with the Red Wings -- where he recorded three goals and three assists -- before being traded to Montreal. The 34-year-old center tends to be valuable in leagues that count physical performance, though, as Ott has recorded 101 hits and 63 PIM this season.
The Canadiens acquired Ott from the Red Wings on Tuesday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2018.
The acquisition of the 34-year-old Ott gives the Habs some added grit. Ott is mostly known for being an irritant, and the club likely plans to have him get under the skin of opponents in the postseason. Fantasy owners in deeper pools may value Ott for his hits (101) and fairly frequent trips to the sin bin (63 PIM).
Ott contributed a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's win over the Penguins.
Ott's first-period goal came on the same shift as a crushing hit on Kris Letang, showing the combination of physicality and skill he was supposed to bring to Detroit. Unfortunately, the latter has been severely lacking, as the former 22-goal scorer has lit the lamp just three times while skating in a bottom-six role.
Ott (shoulder) is likely to be scratched from Tuesday's home tilt with the Blue Jackets despite his recent activation from injured reserve, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
It appears that the Red Wings will ease the agitator into the lineup. In a move that has little impact on the fantasy community, Tomas Jurco figures to man the left wing on the fourth line in Ott's stead.
Ott (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
As the 34-year-old was activated, the Wings lost Frans Nielsen to IR, so it's a bittersweet morning in Hockeytown. Before his injury, Ott only had one point in his last 18 games, so he doesn't have much of an offensive presence. That said, he has tallied 80 hits and 56 PIM in 37 games, so he may still hold minimal value in some deeper formats.
Ott is dealing with a shoulder injury that will see him go on injured reserve, MLive.com reports.
The gritty Ott's placement on IR will clear a roster spot for Darren Helm, who is close to returning from a shoulder injury of his own. Ott's recorded 56 PIM and 80 hits in 37 games, but unless your fantasy league hands out tons of points for the rough stuff, he won't be worth retaining through this injury.
Ott has hit the scoresheet just once in the last 18 games, giving him four points in 37 contests this season.
The veteran agitator does have 28 PIM and 41 hits during that span, but he hasn't been helpful otherwise while averaging 10:45 of ice time per game. Ott used to be good for between 35 and 40 points along with triple-digit PIM in the prime of his career with Dallas, but he doesn't make much of a fantasy impact these days while occupying a depth role in Motown.
Ott scored his first goal of the season Thursday night, contributing to a 3-1 home win over the Canucks.
You know it's a good night when Ott finds a way to light the lamp. The gritty veteran entered the game with 21 goals between the past four seasons, but he was able to get his stick on a Jonathan Ericsson shot for a deflected tally. Unless your fantasy league has a heavy weight on penalty minutes -- Ott has 17 of those -- it's safe to pass over him.
Ott will be in Friday's lineup against the Predators, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Ott will replace young sparkplug Andreas Athanasiou based on the Red Wings needing to be tough against the pesky team from Smashville. Ott's fantasy utility is limited to leagues that count the rough stuff, such as hits and penalty minutes.
Ott won't start Saturday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Ott will be a healthy scratch, allowing Andreas Athanasiou to get some ice time after he was a healthy scratch Thursday. Ott's ice time moving forward will likely be influenced by Athanasiou's performance Saturday.
Ott contributed a shorthanded goal in Wednesday's exhibition win over the Penguins.
Ott has two goals this preseason, but don't go thinking that'll be the norm once the regular season rolls around. The 34-year-old will be a fourth-line pest with his primary contributions taking place without the puck.
Ott filled the box score Wednesday, notching a goal, two assists, a plus-3 rating and two PIM during a 5-1 preseason win over Boston.
If this was the regular season, Ott would have already surpassed his total from last year with the Blues (two points in 21 contests). The veteran had a solid run mid-career, but acts as insurance in the back line for Detroit at this point. Still, it was nice to see the defenseman compile a nice stat line, but it's not to be expected during the regular season.
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 game and have gone scoreless in their 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 3 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 isn't taking 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 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. His impending return to the Blues' lineup won't have any affect on fantasy owners, as the 33-year-old forward has only notched two assists while averaging 10:55 of ice time over 21 games this season. The Blues should provide an update on Ott's Status ahead of Sunday's Game 3 against Chicago.
Ott (hamstring) practiced Monday.
Coach Ken Hitchcock noted that Ott's status will be re-evaluated Tuesday, but it appears as though the veteran forward has at least some chance suit up again as soon as Wednesday's playoff opener against Chicago. Ott -- who last suited up on Dec. 5 -- finished up the season with just two helpers and 34 PIM in 21 games for the Blues.