September 23 2013 12:51PM
The enforcer debate re-surfaced today, what with the wake of the Maple Leafs and Sabres brawl Sunday night, plus the Edmonton Oilers claiming Steve MacIntyre off of waivers.
To some degree, there's a modicum of logic behind the utility of enforcers. With a tough guy on the bench, teams are going to be less likely to take runs at star players, knowing that any player is going to have to answer the bell. That era seems to have passed us, and the players that have become the most likely to take runs at others are the ones, ironically, designed to protect and serve the lineup.
John Scott has played 180 National Hockey League games. Among active players, he is the lowest in points scored among players with at least 150 games played, six behind Cam Janssen. He has scored one goal (somehow) and has 305 penalty minutes. Scott is designed to play with the Sabres for the purpose of protecting the Sabres from players like John Scott.
September 23 2013 12:40PM
The day after the big Leafs-Sabres brawl, there's a lot of fallout, and a lot of opinions.
Should Kessel have slashed
that big dumb guy Brad Pitt killed at the beginning of Troy John Scott? Is Davis Clarkson getting a 10-game suspension? Is Bernier awesome for beating up Ryan Miller? Are you still reading this? Watch the video!
September 23 2013 12:53AM
I'm a strict pacifist, but I have to admit I smirked a little when I saw that Bryan Flynn tapped out of his bout with Phil Kessel Sunday night after being cut. I smirked a little harder when Kessel skated by John Scott and speared him a little as Scott was engaged with David Clarkson. There wasn't a lot defensible in the brawl the Maple Leafs and Sabres got into Sunday. I hadn't seen the game up to that point, so there's little context for what happened on the ice leading up to the event, but if the video linked here at Sportsnet is any indication, Scott wanted to get into it with Kessel and mayhem broke loose.
September 22 2013 08:54PM
So John Scott jumps Phil Kessel and Phil Kessel two-hands John Scott (thrice) and David Clarkson leaves the bench to fight John Scott and Phil Kessel fights Brian Flynn and Jonathan Bernier fights Ryan Miller and David Clarkson gets a 10-game suspension and Jonathan Bernier celebrates with Justin Bieber.
September 22 2013 08:26PM
So uh...that Buffalo game got a little out of hand, eh?
Well, we recorded this podcast during that game, and stopped recording an hour before the big incident(s). We still talk about a whole lot of important and funny stuff that you'll love. Breathe it in, because it will probably be the last post that doesn't mention John Scott on this site for a while.