The 34-year-old brings experience to the Habs and has six points in 46 games this season.
He was drafted way back in 2000 by the Dallas Stars and spend the majority of his career in Texas.
In 837 career games with the Stars, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, and Red Wings, Ott has 287 points – including 109 goals and 178 assists. His best season came in Dallas in 2008-2009, when he posted 46 points in 64 games. In 2009-2010, he scored 22 goals.
Ott is one of the hardest-working players in the NHL and gets more out of determination than most players.
He’ll drop the mitts, too, and that can still be important in today’s game.
He’s also useful on the penalty kill and can play any forward position, plus he’s got an edge in the faceoff circle. He’s been averaging 10 and a half minutes a game in the lower echelon of the roster and will likely find a spot on Montreal’s checking line.
Detroit won’t be retaining any money in the deal, by the way. Ott signed a one-year deal with Detroit worth $800,000, so he’s an affordable addition as well.