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Thursday morning skate: Ott re-signs with St. Louis

By Keith McShea

* There has been speculation about the possible return of Steve Ott to the Buffalo Sabres via free agency, but that ended late this morning as Ott re-signed today with the St. Louis Blues.  

Ott was traded to St. Louis last season as part of the Ryan Miller deal.

Ott's signed a two-year, $5.2 million extension with St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Release from the Blues | St. Louis Dispatch report 

* Buffalo yesterday acquired winger Jordan Samuels-Thomas from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

He is expected to be part of next week's development camp. Speaking of ...

* The Sabres' roster for next week's development camp -- which begins Monday and runs through next Friday at First Niagara Center -- is expected to be released soon. 

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