NHL Trade Rumors: Power Ranking Steve Ott's Best Fits

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2012

ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 21: Steve Ott #29 of the Dallas Stars speaks with referee Francis Charron #46 after being called for a roughing minor penalty during the third period on January 21, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Stars 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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A number of sources confirmed to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com that Steve Ott is available and quite possibly could be moved before the February 27 NHL trade deadline.

Ott has played his entire career with the Dallas Stars, who drafted him No. 25 overall in 2000.

He’s a great potential third-line center, capable of using his checking skills and physicality to impact a game without having to worry about scoring.

Here are a few teams that should definitely be interested and might make a play on the lefty center.


New York Rangers

The Rangers are certainly making the playoffs, so why not add someone who can bully around the opposition during a time when it’s almost always needed.

Ott’s a top face-off man as well, and could win critical possessions for this team while hitting hard on the way to a possible Stanley Cup.


Chicago Blackhawks


Chitown could use an agitator like Ott on their roster.

His physical style meshes well with how the ‘Hawks play and he could find himself on the team for longer than just a rest-of-the-season rental.


Vancouver Canucks


The ‘Nucks, as always it seems, are destroying the opposition during the regular season.

But when they come up against a tough team like Boston in the Finals, or another group from the West that challenges them in the postseason, they need to man up.

If Vancouver is serious about winning it all this season, they need to toughen up and make a move for Steve.