The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with free agent John Scott. The deal is worth $600K for one year, reports Bob McKenzie.
“John’s size and toughness make him a difficult player to battle against,” Regier said. “His physical play will be a valuable addition to our team.”
Scott (6’8”, 270 lbs., 9/26/82) split the 2011-12 season between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers, tallying one assist and 53 penalty minutes in 35 games. In four NHL seasons, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has appeared in 146 career games with the Rangers, Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, recording five points (1+4) and 236 penalty minutes.
He is a versatile player who can play both wing and defense. It all depends on what the Sabres have planned. Could he match up with Cody and Patty on the 4th line or will he be a #7 rotational defenseman? If he is signed as a defender, then could this mean that Darcy may be moving one of them off the roster? Currently the Sabres have 7 NHL defenders: Myers, Ehrhoff, Regher, Leopold, Sulzer, Weber, and Sekera. Plus McNabb will be pushing for a spot come training camp, so will we see Leopold, or maybe Sekera moved to make room for McNabb and Scott, or will he add grit to the bottom 6 forwards?