John Scott doesn’t belong or deserve to be a player in the National Hockey League.
The enforcer for the Buffalo Sabres is once again in the spotlight. Not for scoring a goal, that is something he hasn’t done since 2009-10 as a member with Minnesota Wild. No, Scott is in the cross hairs of the NHL Player Safety Committee and Brendan Shanahan, the NHL senior vice president of player safety.
Scott has been suspended indefinitely for his blindside head shot that levelled and concussed Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson last Wednesday. He has been given the opportunity to attend an in-person hearing, which is offered when a suspension has the potential to exceed five games.
The issue isn’t just the fact that Scott has proven he doesn’t have the skills to compete in the NHL, he only have five points in 187 games in seven NHL seasons. He is only put into situations where he is expected to purposely hurt star players in the game.
Why else would Scott be on the ice in the third period against the Bruins’ top line when the Sabres were losing by two goals?
The hit was clearly intended to do exactly what he did and proved how ignorant he is. He even uttered “headshot?” to the referee when handed him a five and a match penalty.
He then had the nerve to stand up for his style of play after watching Eriksson be carried off the ice by his teammates.
“I don’t think I’m a dirty player. I try to play within the code and within the rules,” Scott told reporters last Thursday at the team’s practice. “This is my first suspension and I don’t think I’m a dirty player. I don’t try to be a dirty player. I feel really upset. I was sick to my stomach knowing what happened. I just kind of regret the situation. I don’t want to be a dirty player.”
He said ‘dirty player’ four times in that span, but he truly is just that — a dirty, dangerous idiot that doesn’t deserve to play amongst the best players in the league. He doesn’t play within the rules or “the code.”
The league will probably suspend Scott for 10 games, but that isn’t enough to get the message across to him or the morons that pay and employ him annually.
Unfortunately, the problem with suspending Scott does nothing to hurt the Sabres. They can’t dress a useless player, that’s it. They don’t dress Scott, so they bring up a decent prospect in their system that will play more minutes than Scott would anyways. That is where the problem is — Scott gets to sit, loses some money, but the team isn’t hurt by the action of a dangerous player they employ.
The problem lies within the ideologies of the Sabres organization. Remember, they also employ the inexcusable piece of garbage that is Patrick Kaleta and named Steve Ott their captain.
Instead of just suspending Scott for a long period of time, like the NHL should do, they should fine head coach Ron Rolston again. He was fined $10,000 earlier this season for player selection. Surprise! It involved Scott in a pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That was when David Clarkson got a 10-game suspension but somehow Scott escaped suspension after trying to pick a fight with Phil Kessel.
The fine clearly didn’t do anything for Rolston to think twice about putting Scott on the ice again when faced with an opponent’s top team. Maybe the league should suspend Rolston for as long as Scott is suspended for? Would the point finally hit home then for the Sabres?
The whole organization, from owner Terry Pegula to general manager Darcy Reiger to coach Rolston to the players they employ have shown they disrespect the game, the league and the players. It probably won’t change.
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