Oct 23, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman John Scott (32) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) fight during the third period at First Niagara Center. Bruins beat the Sabres 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Will Be Without the Services of John Scott For . . . ?

The hammer has been brought down, folks.

Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL for his blindside hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during last night’s 5-2 loss in the First Niagara Center.

I caught wind of the news via Twitter, courtesy of ESPN:

 

 Click on the link, and you will discover that the NHL has suspended Scott indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing.

Sabres fans will no doubt cry foul, pointing out that Scott has no history of being disciplined, but whether you agree with the NHL’s stance or not, the reality is this: the NHL has witnessed too many head shots to open this season.  The league will continue to come down hard on players who target the head, beginning today with Scott.

To his credit, John Scott has gone public with his thoughts on last night’s vicious hit:

“I kind of feel really upset.  I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened. And watching the video, I kind of regret the whole situation.”

Scott also indicated that he texted Eriksson following the game to offer an apology and see how the injured Bruins forward was doing.

The announcement gives the Buffalo Sabres a bit of a double-whammy today, as it was also announced that the league would uphold the 10-game suspension that had been received by Patrick Kaleta.

John Scott may a really nice guy off of the ice, but these types of hits are sickening to watch, and need to be taken out of the game.  When players start targeting their opponents’ heads, serious injury will become commonplace, so I am glad to see the NHL is finally getting serious about disciplining players for head shots.  I know some old-school fans are going to call me soft, but the game is what it is, and the safety of players need to be considered at some point.

 

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