Originally Posted by NeddySeagoon
You can remove ssh it but portage will want to reinstall it at your next update. To keep it uninstalled, you will need add its package atom to /etc/portage/package.mask, thats net-misc/openssh
I'd rather use /etc/portage/profile/package.provided to inject it. Then you can remove the package. I don't think anything else depends strictly in ssh because there's no library inside that package, just userland tools.
However having it installed doesn't mean you have to run it, it will just take a few mb's of hard disk space.