Speaking at a charity event in Windsor, Ontario Saturday, Steve Ott expressed optimism about the possibility of returning to the ice in the near future.
"I continue to hope that a season will start next week, or the week after. It's disappointing and disheartening when the talks break off and supposedly, (NHL commissioner) Gary (Bettman) says they've taken everything off the table. Hopefully, over the next while, they find some common ground and want to be back playing." Ott is looking forward to suiting with the Buffalo Sabres for the first time once play resumes.