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from John Scott at The Players' Tribune,
It was like something out of The Godfather.
Just as I was all alone in my dark hotel room, the phone rang.
I had just arrived in Nashville for the 2016 All-Star Game. After I landed, I went out with a few of the guys. We hung out on Broadway at the honky-tonk bars and had a blast.
I was lovin’ it.
I had been traded under some pretty suspicious circumstances two weeks earlier, and my life had been turned upside down, but hey, I was an All-Star. I was reunited with some of my old Sharks buddies. My wife was about to have twins. All the drama was behind me. In my mind, it was all good.
But just as I get back to my hotel room to lie down and watch TV, the phone rings. Not my cell phone. The hotel room phone with the loud, old-school brrrrrring.
Cue the mafioso music.
I pick up, and a mysterious voice says, “Hello, John. Mister Bettman would like to meet with you.”
I’m like, “What?”
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
When Albom was announced as the screenwriter for the Scott story, a few fans on Twitter feared the movie might be too saccharine. We asked if there is a risk of painting Scott — a guy with 542 penalty minutes, a giant who's carved a living, in part, by punching men in the head — as solely a sympathetic figure.
How gritty will the thing be?
“I’ve covered hockey for 30 years. Bob Probert's whole career, basically, I was here for. Joey Kocur. Brendan Shanahan. You name all the guys on the Red Wings who were fighters, who were all different personalities. I know the multidimensional life you need to lead as an enforcer," Albom says.
"I’ll get to know John better and make it a 360-degree portrait. You don’t whitewash fighting. That’s what happens, and it’s an interesting part of the story.”
Fighting is an interesting part of Rocky, too. But it's not the punches that make it a classic.
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
Here’s the problem with sports movies: it’s very rare that it doesn’t work out. The first Rocky was a rare example of this, and it won Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination for screenwriting. But the art and arc of the sports film is in the mapping of the journey, the depth of the suffering, the unlikeliness of the rise, and the way the victory is depicted. Sports movies, like a lot of movies, have to trick us into caring. Because the happy ending is coming, and everybody knows.
John Scott was the king of hockey this weekend. It wouldn’t have mattered if Sidney Crosby was in Nashville, or Alexander Ovechkin, or Wayne Gretzky. He scored twice. He was the write-in MVP. He was carried around on the shoulders of far better players. As Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported, Scott’s all-star helmet is headed for the Hall of Fame.
“You can’t write this stuff,” Scott told the members of the media assembled in the city the NHL sold in part to Boots Del Biaggio, the place Jim Balsillie tried to steal back to Canada. The NHL kept Nashville in Nashville, and rewarded it with an all-star game.
added 8:26am, from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The NHL ended up getting it right after all:
Update: And here's his second goal:
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Pick up the phone and bring John Scott to Montreal.
It’ll be like magic. Poof! The PR nightmare vanishes. Poof! Every player in your lineup is three inches taller and twice as strong. Poof! Players stop squeezing their sticks because hey — all the attention is now on the big guy. Poof! Everyone stops ragging on you for that silly Tinordi deal, because you got something in return after all.
Poof! You’ll get a player who is, according to Torrey Mitchell, a great guy to have in the room. Poof! You might change the entire team dynamic and it won’t cost you a cent.
Right now, the Habs are facing a Tuesday night date in Philadelphia. It’s not like the old days, when a game at the Spectrum was like playing the lions in their den, but the Flyers are still big and tough. It’s a game you desperately need to win.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tells the media that John Scott was always welcomed to participate in the All-Star Game and is happy Scott decided to play.
from John Scott at The Players' Tribune,
Hey, John, can we talk for a second?”
I guess I should have known.
But I have absolutely no idea what’s coming.
I’m in the weight room, hanging out with the guys, when my GM asks me to take a walk. I’ve been gone for a couple of days — but now I’m back in Phoenix, at the Coyotes practice facility, catching up with the boys. We’re getting some stretches in, and passing around my new gloves.
My All-Star gloves.
I’ve seen my name in the news, on the press release, on the official rosters. But even still: there’s just something about gear, you know? I, John Scott, from Michigan Tech, at 33 years old … have All-Star gloves.
The guys are all genuinely happy for me, and they’re letting me know it. They’re giving me some crap about it, too (of course), but it’s all in good fun. Everyone’s taking their turn, trying my gloves on. We’re laughing. It’s a cool moment.
As this is happening, I see our GM open the door.
He’s not smiling.
NEW YORK – John Scott will captain the Pacific Division team at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville, the National Hockey League announced today.
Scott, elected to the Pacific Division captaincy in fan voting while a member of the Arizona Coyotes, was traded Friday to the Montreal Canadiens of the Atlantic Division. The resultant change in division, and Scott’s subsequent assignment to the American Hockey League, created a unique circumstance that required review – the result of which was a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties' pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate.
"I am looking forward to enjoying a fun and unique experience at All-Star Weekend in Nashville with my family," said Scott. "While being voted to the All-Star Game by the fans was not something I expected to happen, I am excited to participate in the All-Star events with my fellow players."
There were two phases of the John Scott campaign. There was the ballot-stuffing itself, a movement promoted by our podcast, that of Steve Dangle and then taken to incredible heights by the Reddit hockey board. No one is seeking to ret-con why that happened: As a joke, like electing the class clown as class president; as an affront to the NHL; as pure anarchy; but also as a way to add a level of entertainment and intrigue to an event that’s lacked it.
And then Phase 2 was the aftermath, when the influence of the fans ended and the decisions made by Scott, the Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League would dictate how it was going to play out.
With due respect to Don Cherry, calling the fans “jerks” and blaming them for the embarrassment that’s landed Scott in Newfoundland is lazy and nonsensical – unless we’re all suddenly endowed with the power to trade players and/or demote them to the AHL.
-Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy where you can read more on this topic.
Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:
- The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
- Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
- The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
- Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
- Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
- Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
- Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
- And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.
Watch the video below:
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19:42 ARI Shane Doan Game misconduct against Boone Jenner
19:42 ARI Shane Doan Misconduct (10 min) against Boone Jenner
19:42 CBJ Boone Jenner Misconduct (10 min) against Shane Doan
19:42 CBJ Scott Hartnell Roughing against John Scott
19:42 ARI John Scott Roughing against Scott Hartnell
19:42 ARI John Scott Roughing against Scott Hartnell
Below, Doan talks about the calls by the ref plus video of another flare-up...
from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,
In the oversimplified court of public opinion, Coyotes forward John Scott carries two labels. He’s a good locker-room guy and he’s a skill-deficient goon.
Scott hates both labels.
“The guys who say I’m just a room guy, I guess I am, but (expletive), I’m a good hockey player, too,” Scott said Thursday after practice. “I’m not just a room guy. I pride myself on being a well-rounded player. I’ve transitioned from just being a two-minutes-a-game and fights guy to now I can easily play 10 minutes and do my role and contribute in other ways.”...
“I used to let it affect me, but I don’t even read the paper any more or look at the news because I know it’s going to be bad,” Scott said. “I’ll score a goal and everyone will make a joke of it. Then I’ll get into a few fights and everyone will be just lambasting me. I’m damned if I do; damned if I don’t.”
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 32-year-old Scott recorded 3-1-4 and 87 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the San Jose Sharks last season.
The 6-foot-8, 260-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has totaled 5-5-10 and 517 PIM in 274 career NHL games with the Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Brian McGrattan to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
McGrattan, 33 (9/2/81), has appeared in 317 career NHL games with Ottawa, Phoenix, Calgary and Nashville, collecting 10-17=27 points with 609 penalty minutes (PIM). A native of Hamilton, Ontario, McGrattan set numerous career highs with Calgary in 2013-14, including goals (4), assists (4), points (8), shots on net (79) and games played (76). He was originally acquired by Anaheim on Feb. 27, 2011 with defenseman Sean Zimmerman from Boston in exchange for center Stefan Chaput and right wing David Laliberte. McGrattan played 20 games with Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL) that season, recording 6-4=10 points with an even plus/minus rating and 56 PIM with Syracuse.
Here is the suspension video...
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
"I didn't see what happened on the ice. I just saw Tim laying there, and went and looked at it after," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I think they came together at the net, and instinct, John put his hands up and he ran into it. So, I didn't think it was an issue at all."
Andrew Desjardins was called for goalie interference in the sequence for running into Andersen.
"It looked like Scott thought he was coming after him and he went up to protect," himself, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't know if he hit him with the stick or the forearm, but got him right in the jaw and when you hit the guy in the jaw, bad things usually happen."
“You know players in the league who dive a lot and embellish a little bit. It’s good to single them out. Maybe they’ll be a little embarrassed.
“We don’t need that in the game. We don’t need it to turn into soccer, where it’s embarrassing and where you get rewarded for it.
“Nobody wants to be known as a diver. I hope it stops, it’s a garbage part of the game and it should be out.”
-John Scott of the San Jose Sharks. More diving reaction and some Edmonton Oilers notes from Robert Tychkowski if the Edmonton Sun.
The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa spends the first part of his weekly notebook discussing the evolution of the Department of Player Safety from the Matt Cooke-on-Marc Savard hit some four years ago to the implementation of rules against hits to the head and the most recent example of the league punishing a player for a hit to the head in the John Moore-on-Erik Haula hit, but then he goes on to launch a rather passionate defense of John Scott's decision to leave the San Jose Sharks' bench to fight Tim Jackman.
It's a curious contradiction, and I'm curious as to what you think about this:
John Scott is out $17,073.18 after the league suspended him for two games following his fight last Sunday with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman. The Sharks should do the right thing and get that cash back in Scott’s pocket. On the play, the San Jose tough guy did exactly what his employer hired him to do. Scott and Jackman had tangled earlier in the game.
Scott didn’t have issues about that fight. But the ex-Sabre didn’t appreciate Jackman’s third-period engagement of Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Jackman had 10 scraps last season, according to http://www.hockeyfights.com Vlasi.c, the Sharks’ ace defenseman and one of their best players, has one career fight: a hiss-and-scratcher against Daniel Briere in 2009.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
“It’s one of those things where he jumped me in the first and didn’t give me a chance, so I was kind of just returning the favor,” Scott said. “I asked him to fight. The situations were eerily similar, so that’s what leaves me scratching my head.”
Of course, Jackman also strangely went after Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic earlier in the third period, and that was on Scott’s mind as well when he legally came off of the bench and made a beeline for Jackman in the neutral zone.
“We obviously got up 3-0, 4-0, and they took liberties with our guys,” Scott said. “That’s where I come in, man-to-man with their tough guy and we settle it. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, the way it’s always been done and it didn’t quite work out that way.
“[The referees] should have taken care of it earlier when he went after [Vlasic]. They should have kicked him out of the game, but if the refs don’t take care of it, that’s kind of my job. I’ve got to stick up and do my job.”
If you missed the altercation, watch it below...
NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during NHL Game No. 120 in Anaheim on Sunday, October 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $17,073.18. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Scott was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation 13:56 into the third period.
Sharks up 3-0 in the 1st.
added 4:28pm, Press release is below...
George here...This probably makes me a bad person, but USA Today's Nate Scott reports that Sabres goon John Scott was taken down by a young Islander, 5'10" rookie Justin Johnson, and well, sometimes it's good to see a hockey player who doesn't respect hs opponents get his just desserts:
John Scott scored his 2nd career NHL goal tonight. His first was in the 2009-10 season when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Both received 5 for fighting.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres winger John Scott collided with Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf early in the third period Saturday and then got jumped from behind by Frazer McLaren as Cody McCormick and Toronto’s Colton Orr joined the fray. Yet Scott got 14 minutes in penalties, a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.
The 6-foot-8 Buffalo enforcer was part confused, part disappointed and part accepting of it all.
“All of a sudden I’m not allowed to hit him anymore. He’s ‘Princess Phaneuf.’ It’s a joke,” Scott said of the Leafs’ captain in a postgame interview on the MSG telecast after the Sabres’ 4-2 loss in Air Canada Centre.
Scott had calmed down a few minutes later when reporters talked to him about the situation in the Sabres’ dressing room. There were no real punches thrown and no fighting majors handed out.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong. I went for a hit. Phaneuf bailed,” Scott said. “Then I get dragged down from behind and I got 14 minutes. It was more a precaution. They didn’t want anything to boil over. I understand.”
continued and watch the fracas below...
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension,
NHL release is below...
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's posted at least half of his weekly Hockey World articles on his blog page (I believe that he's still working on "Ask Matty" as I'm posting this, and I don't see any "Short Shifts" yet).
Especially given a) the fact that Don Cherry decided to suggest that John Scott and Cody McLeod require the sympathy of fans who don't understand "their role" or their obligation to "make a difference" and b) the endless suggestions that it's up to players and only players to police themselves when Sportsnet's John Shannon so wisely suggested that coaches, GM's and owners also share responsibility for employing players in "punishing" roles (we tend to forget that both players, coaches, GM's and owners are generally concerned about their team's well-being and competitive interests ahead of safe working environments)...
It's refreshing to hear now-NHL Department of Player Safety employee Rob Blake tell Matheson that there's a significant amount of push-back from teams when players are facing Sheriff Shanny's Wheel of Justice:
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I tweeted this earlier and should have posted it too, but honestly I am sick of the John Scott talk.
As you know, I follow hockey all day and part of the night and the hottest topic in the media including web, TV and radio has been John Scott.
Instead of discussing the great hockey which is being played,....
The MetroWest Daily News's Dan Cagen points us toward a video in which we get to witness the latest suspension-worthy infraction from Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott, who very purposefully elbowed Boston Bruisn forward Loui Eriksson in the face:
Update #2: You know how a picture can say a thousand words? Try this one on for size:
Don Cherry's first Coach's Corner of the season focused upon:
1. John Scott's jumping of Phil Kessel;
And 2. Cherry's disdain for hybrid icing, suggesting that someone will get hurt come playoff time:
Cherry also weighed in on the Parros-Orr incident...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for 4pm et Tuesday. The hearing will concern Kessel's participation in a brawl that erupted between the two Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night.
Forward John Scott dropped his gloves and went after Kessel just seconds after a fight between Leafs forward Jamie Devane and the Sabres' Corey Tropp.
Kessel would not drop his gloves to fight Scott, but instead swung his stick twice at Scott. His actions resulted in both slashing and fighting penalties.
The 25-year-old Kessel received a match penalty for his retaliation on Scott, a ruling imposed for deliberate attempt to injure another player. The NHL Rulebook states that any player given a match penalty "shall be automatically suspended from further competition" until a ruling is handed down by the Commissioner.
added 9/24/13 at 8:40am,
Sorry for the misleading headline, the meeting is by phone.
The proprietor and I were sort of hoping for a nice, quiet Sunday night on KK, and that seemed to be the case until about 9:30, when the Maple Leafs and Bruins engaged in massive amounts of dumb and/or exciting fighting. Hockeyfights.com posted what may be the longest and most context-setting clip of the bouts (and you will all be shocked, of course, to find out that John Scott was chirping at the Leafs' bench before he tried to fight Phil Kessel, David Clarkson hopped off the bench and five minutes of adventures in knuckle-punching took place)...
And while the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby and Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk did a fine job of capturing the Leafs' post-game reaction, and the Olean Times-Herald's Bill Hoppe told the Sabres' side of the story (not-so-shockingly, neither team chose to make the principals in instigation and jumping off the bench, respectively, available to the media), Sportsnet's Chris Johnston noted that the incredibly high likelihood that prized free agent signing David Clarkson will be suspended for ten games makes the Leafs' cheek-to-cheek dance with the salary cap quite complicated:
Yep, just watch Patrick Kaleta against Coton Orr and also in the same video, Frazer McLaren takes on John Scott.
See the penalties given out below...
Bruins have announced Thornton is done for the evening.
Two versions of the fight, first the Leafs broadcast followed by the Sabres broadcast below...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 19, 2012)—- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward John Scott on a one-year contract.
“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.”
via Mark Spector tweet,
#Blackhawks trade D John Scott to #Rangers for a fifth round pick. #SNttade
John Scott with a decisive win over Kevin Westgarth.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
After the Wild took a 5-2 lead, two fights took place in 17 seconds. First Darcy Hordichuk fought Boogaard, although abiding by the code, Boogaard barely threw a punch because Hordichuk’s jersey was over his head. Hordichuk then got a 10-minute misconduct I believe for trying to go after Cal Clutterbuck. He did not get that for his jersey being tied down like some people tweeted me. That would have been a game misconduct. He got a 10.
According to Boogaard, before the faceoff, Hordichuk told him that “The coach is making US fight you guys.”
Who’s us? Alexandre Bolduc is us. Moments after the fight, Bolduc came up to John Scott and begged Scott to fight him. Huge mistake. Scott beat the living daylights out of him. Honestly, it was scary.
more and watch the fight below…
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
The stars finally seem to have aligned for John Scott and the Wild. Opportunity, attitude and performance have come together just in time for the big defenseman to contribute as Minnesota battles desperately for a playoff spot.
Yet the timing isn’t perfect, because Scott will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
“I don’t know if that’s good or bad,” he said. “You’d have to ask my agent. He says it’s good.”
Though the collective bargaining agreement has allowed many young players to become unrestricted, Scott’s case is unusual. At 26, he already is playing through his third pro contract, though he has played only 16 NHL games — all since Jan. 1.
But he’s been good, good enough to play in 11 of 12 games since being recalled for a second time on March 8. Not bad for an undrafted free agent whose college career was notable mostly because he was considered Division I hockey’s tallest player.