With a potential lockout looming, itís becoming increasingly more difficult for Buffalo forward Steve Ott to remain hopeful.

Raring to go with his new team ó the Sabres ó after an offseason trade from Dallas, Ott spoke with cautious optimism on Monday before a golf outing benefiting the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. He wants to play. He canít wait to play. But he knows that might not happen.

For a while.

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