Steve Ott and Sheldon Souray were rumored as possible Stars trade bait at the deadline. Read about their post-deadline reactions, and my take as to their respective futures in Dallas.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: In a recent interview, Stars forward Steve Ott admitted it bothered him that he might be traded, especially after spending his entire NHL career with the Stars. “I made it pretty clear that I wanted to be a Dallas Star and continue to be a Dallas Star.”
Mike Heika also interviewed Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray, who admitted he was relieved he wasn’t moved by the deadline. “Y’know, you can say that it wouldn’t have been a bad thing to move, but I just couldn’t imagine anyplace else I would rather be right now.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ott still has two years remaining on his contract with the Stars, at an average salary of $2.95 million per season. Souray will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. That the Stars were willing to listen to offers for both would suggest their futures in Dallas could be in doubt, but that could also be a hasty assumption. Of the pair, Souray could be the most likely to depart, but it’s believed he’d prefer to remain with the Stars beyond this season. If he’s willing to accept a modest pay raise over the $1.65 million he’s earning this season, on a one year deal, he could remain in Dallas.