Just a simple idea here. With the signing of McClement it made me think if we are going to try and roll a pure shutdown line. If we are I thought about if we could swing a deal with GMJN around Brendan Morrow. From what I have gotten some Dallas fans would be okay with trading him and assuming he would waive his NTC would it be possible to swing something like...
2nd 2013 Or B prospect
If it could be done roll lines like the following...
Burke lost out on Ott to Sabres who outnegotiated him by dealing Roy.
Burke was trying to trade one of his centres - Connolly or Lombardi.
Many of these GMs are outdealing and implementing the Burke plan more quickly than Burke can. Even the habs added grit/truculence during UFA.
It's easier to add players that have grit for the bottom six. The trick is finding the right player for this role at a reasonable cap hit. Ott has a pretty high cap hit for what he brings, almost close to what Colby Armstrong was making. I wouldn't worry too much about losing Ott as there are cheaper players out there to fill this role. They may not be as good, but they will still get the job done most nights.
Burke just needs to focus on getting that number one center and goaltender to help the team move forward.