On Monday night, agitator extraordinaire Steve Ott had some (possibly inadvertent) parting words for the city of Dallas.
The Windsor, Ontario, native had just been traded to Buffalo and did an interview with WIVB 4, during which he expressed excitement about moving closer to home.
He also expressed excitement about playing in — oh, how to put this — a more traditional market.
“Full house, screaming fans,” Ott said. “To have an opportunity to still be in my prime and have family coming to watch me and play in a real hockey city, it’s something I can’t wait for.”
In Ott’s defense, he probably didn’t mean this to be a parting shot — but his timing (and word choice) was unfortunate. Dallas has fallen on hard times as of late, finishing 28th in the league in home attendance last season despite the introduction of $9 dollar tickets.
It’s also likely the 29-year-old was pumping the tires of his new city rather than deflating those of his old one. That seemed to be the case when Ott re-iterated his excitement about joining the Sabres.
“Honestly, I’m so excited for this opportunity,” he said. “It’s not even funny.”
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.