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We have a trade to announce: Rangers acquire tough guy Scott from Blackhawks

Feb 27, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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With the Chicago acquiring defenseman Johnny Oduya from Winnipeg earlier today, it was clear the ‘Hawks had a logjam on defense — and to clear things up, they’ve shipped John Scott out of town.

Scott, a 6-foot-8, 258-pound enforcer, has been dealt to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 5th-round pick in 2012. The 29-year-old rearguard appeared in 29 games for the ‘Hawks this season, averaging a shade under seven minutes per contest. For his career, Scott has played in 140 games and notched one goal, four assists and 231 penalty minutes. Just in case you were wondering what his role might be with the Rangers.

It’s unclear where Scott fits on the New York defense…if he fits at all. The Rangers current boast a top-six of Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman and Stu Bickel, with the latter taking care of plenty pugilistic duties (he’s fought 15 times this season between the NHL and AHL.) The Rangers also have Brandon Prust, who has been an active fighter throughout his career.

  1. danphipps01 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I don’t get what he’s supposed to do. They’ve got tough guys and enforcers. They need scoring.

  2. jkay1818 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    they also have Mike Rupp. I dont get this move at all.

  3. lucicfan603 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Don’t get this one?

  4. afc22 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Seems pretty obvious Tortorella thinks Bickel isnt ready and is going back to the minors

    • jkay1818 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Then they would just play Eminger, so no it isnt obvious at all.

  5. swizzler16 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Glen Sather seemingly unaware of what it means to make a ‘big’ trade

  6. gaborik104life - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    He is a great locker room guy something that does not show up on the stat sheet. I don’t care if he plays one game for us if he brings something to the room I would be happy. I saw one game this year that chicago was in and the rangers weren’t. It was against pitt and Englend (however you spell it) took a run at a small guy. Scott immediately went over and destroyed him. He took a penalty that led to the gwg no one in the organization complained about the penalty. They loved him for that and that is why we got him. Bickel can play forward and with wolski being shipped out we do not have an extra forward available unless we make call up’s. Scott also play’s wing. As for us having alot of enforcers prust does so much more than fight that I doubt Torts wants him to anymore. Rupp can fight with the best of them but having someone like Scott is great and while I wanted more to happen Howson is apparently on crack so I am fine with this happening. Overall great move and Howson we’ll wait until your fired or sent to rehab to acquire Nash you crazy bastard.

  7. neelyisgod - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Would look much better in Black n Gold

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