Steve Ott today said he believes the pressure of Wednesday's trade deadline could actually help push him and the Stars to get a contract extension signed.
Ott is making $1.5 million this season and can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
He is rumored to be seeking an extension for four to five years in excess of $3 million a season. He wouldn't confirm any of that Saturday and said his agent Howard Gourwitz is handling all of the details of his negotiations. But he said that he thinks there will be very serious talks with Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk in the next day or two.
``That's what deadlines do,'' he said after practice Saturday. ``I understand that if it doesn't get done that I could be traded, and I know that Joe is going to have to do what he thinks is best for the team, and that could be to trade me. So I do believe there's extra pressure now to make this work. I'm extremely hopeful something can get done, and I believe there's definitely still time to get something done.''
Nieuwendyk was flying back from Ithaca, N.Y. after having his number retired by Cornell on Friday and was not immediately available for comment.
The NHL trade deadline is 2 p.m. Wednesday.