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Ott talking about Buffalo fans in a yahoo article I was reading

Q. Do you just believe there’s never any place for a home team to get booed by their fans?

"I think it's completely ridiculous, to be honest with you.

“We go into other buildings, we've won a lot of games and teams should have the same amount of frustration, sold-out buildings … it's funny because they're continuing to cheer on their team. They stand behind their team. They respect the work ethic.

"It is [frustrating]. It's disheartening when we did get hemmed in our zone and they're basically mocking us when you get up past the blueline and you finally get it in their zone after, I guess you’d could say, that minute-and-a-half shift when they didn't have a scoring opportunity.

“I guess you can say it was more the mocking of my teammates and everything else that probably pissed a lot of guys off, including myself. I mean, you're a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and hopefully you come to cheer us on and motivate us to be good.

“We've got a lot of young players on this team and they definitely don't deserve to be booed – they deserve to have that excitement and energy. It's definitely not their fault for the last six years of frustration that's gone on. We want to try to right the ship here. We want to continue to improve as an organization in the community and help out a lot of things. It would be awesome to have all those fans behind us 100 percent. Have that building rocking.”

Q. There was never any booing at a Dallas game?

“It was sold out for a lot of years in Dallas, through a lot of ups and downs. I can maybe picture an instance where we were getting blown out, maybe 5-1 at the end of a period they booed us off the ice and rightfully so. But if you’re in a 0-0 game or even up sometimes … for an instance, the Boston game when it’s 1-1 and the power play doesn’t click the first time and they’re booing, yeah, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous.

"I don't care how frustrated anybody is. Negativity breeds negativity, and if you want to see a bad product on the ice, and [you] continue to boo, what do you expect? You're obviously going to get a negative result.

“It would be nice to have the positive atmosphere and maybe that will transition into a heck of a hockey game or maybe even a scoring chance or opportunity. It definitely is very uplifting when the crowd is on your side.

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As a supporter of the team, would you not think you'd do more good trying to encourage and inspire the boys to play better?

As an example, the Vancouver Whitecaps allow fewer goals when defending in the Southside (the supporter's section) and score more goals when attacking in the South end of the field. Do you think that's merely a coincidence?

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Ott talking about Buffalo fans in a yahoo article I was reading

Full yahoo atricle here http://ca.sports.yah...06013--nhl.html

Full Ott interview here http://audio.wgr550....ch-and-more.htm

Looks like he isn't happy, wonder if he would want a trade else. Think they have more problems then the crowd in Buffalo though

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