Steve Ott won’t be back for the beginning of the postseason and may have played his final game as a Blue after the team announced late Wednesday night that the forward is suffering from colitis.
The ailment, which is described as the inflammation of the lining of the colon, will sideline Ott for at least another two weeks. At that point, he will be re-evaluated. That would put a possible return well into the first round of the playoffs and with the forward having gone months without playing, it would likely take a rash of injuries for him to see ice time.
Ott has not played since Dec. 5 after tearing two hamstrings in a collision with the boards. The tears required surgery and the veteran has been rehabbing ever since. Ott began skating last month and was believed to be nearing a return before being diagnosed with the colitis.
“I got asked that question a lot (about returning this season),” Ott said a few weeks ago. “Day one, once I had the surgery, I had a goal to beat this thing right away. It has never wavered from my mind. I was so driven, not only for myself but for team we have in here. When you know you have a playoff contending team, you want to be part of it. The guys have played extremely well and if I can go in later on, if the boys need me, I'm going to be ready and anxious and full of energy and use it properly.”
Ott had two assists in 21 games before the injury. He is in the final season of a two-year deal signed in 2014.