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What's a playoff winger?
Essentially, it's those guys who ramp up their production in the playoffs. It's those players who always seem to score timely goals. It's those players who give their all every shift, who create energy and havoc.
Think of Maxime Talbot. Think Dan Cleary. Think Dan Paille.
Every team needs one—or more—of these players. The Rangers do have some, led by Ryan Callahan. Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore are in this group.
But they need more, especially if Callahan is traded.
One guy who comes to mind is Steve Ott.
The Buffalo Sabres are going nowhere, and they would be wise to get value. Ott certainly knows this.
"I told them I want to be here," Ott told John Vogl of The Buffalo News. "We'll see where it all goes. I am professional enough to know the business side of things and what the situation is here as well. We'll see how it all plays out in the next two weeks."
Ott has nine goals and 11 assists this year. He hasn't played in the playoffs since the 2007-08 season, but in 18 postseason games with the Dallas Stars, Ott scored twice and had an assist.
But his value goes beyond that. It's in blocking shots, forechecking and killing penalties.
Ott would probably cost a prospect or two, but he's the type of player who makes a good team better.