With their mission to get tougher and bigger last offseason, the Buffalo Sabres signed 6 foot 8, 270 pound enforcer John Scott to a one-year deal.
Whether Scott helped the Sabres actually change their identity and become a tougher team is up for debate. But with 69 penalty minutes in 34 games with no goals, you could argue the experiment didn’t work.
Despite that, the Sabres decided to give the enforcer at least one more year to make his mark. Darcy Regier announced today that John Scott had been re-signed to a one-year deal for next season. With 7 fighting majors and 69 penalty minutes, there’s no doubt Scott brings some added grit to the Sabres offence. But considering he got knocked down by a much smaller Colton Orr, how intimidating is he to opponents?
If Orr can “slay the giant” then you better believe that other team’s tough guys can do the same.
The downside with a player like Scott is his inability to score or contribute on the scoreboard. It’s great that he’s ready and willing to drop the mitts and stand up for anyone in blue and gold, but at some point he’s got to contribute.
Whether you like John Scott or not he’ll be wearing blue and gold for at least one more season.