By the time the Buffalo Sabres’ dressing room was opened to reporters after the pregame skate around noon on Tuesday, the Internet and social media were already ablaze with chatter about Sabres forward Steve Ott.

The first-year Sabre has had no qualms about taking on any subject this season. And especially since the trade of captain Jason Pominville, Ott has joined goaltender Ryan Miller in becoming a de facto spokesman for the team.

First Niagara Center fans have taken to Ott’s gritty, in-your-face style of play but Ott has been taken by the paying customers’ attitudes toward many of his teammates. And he’s not happy.

Unprompted by reporters after Sunday’s shootout win over New Jersey, Ott brought up the booing and Bronx cheers of fans during that game. He really let go his frustrations Tuesday during his weekly show on WGR Radio when he twice called the fans’ actions “completely ridiculous.”

The Sabres return home today and play three home games in four days starting Thursday against Montreal. And Ott isn’t concerned about the reaction he might get on home ice.

“I’m not worried about it, not at all,” Ott said as he was swarmed by the media at MTS Centre. “We’re here to work hard, to show up every single night. We’re trying to be competitive with what we have in this dressing room. They’re proud, passionate fans. I love it. I think we’re all that way. I’m an emotional player. They’re emotional fans.”

Ott admitted he’s concerned about how the fans’ reaction will be perceived by players around the NHL, especially when it comes time for the Sabres to try to lure newcomers through free agency or trades.”

“The reason why I care so much is because I have desire to be a Buffalo Sabre for a long time,” said Ott, whose contract is up after next season. “I don’t want to go anywhere. I’ve made that quite clear I want to be here for a long time.

“If I’m a UFA guy or trying to attract players, there’s nothing better than coming into a building knowing, ‘Wow, this is a fun place to play.’ And that’s obviously concerning in the aspect of UFAs and trying to attract the right players into the Buffalo Sabres.”