The Buffalo Sabres finally dipped their toes in the NHL free agent pool on Sunday, signing a 4-year NHL veteran who can play both on the wing and on the blueline. And more importantly, he can do this:
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 TSN, it's a 1-year deal worth $600,000 for Scott.
John Scott is not what you'd call a "good" hockey player; in fact, the most common description of his NHL prowess is as a "liability."
But when you're the Buffalo Sabres, John Scott can help, because you're a team that had its toughness challenged by Milan Lucic last season when he freight-trained Ryan Miller; and it was a challenge they failed to overcome, with the psychological scarring from the school bully lingering through the season.
So now they have a guy with 236 PIMs in 146 games, who goes by the nickname "Big" and remained one of the most feared heavyweights in the NHL.
If nothing else, Scott (6-8) and Tyler Myers (6-7) are going to give the Sabres a hell of an advantage in their midnight basketball league. Assuming, you know, they participate in one.