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Tough guy John Scott re-signs with Sabres

May 20, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

Shawn Thornton, John Scott Getty Images

Over the span of his five year NHL career, John Scott has worn four different NHL jerseys. However, it looks like he’ll stick with the Buffalo Sabres for at least a little longer.

Scott has inked a $750,000 contract for the 2013-14 campaign, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie. He would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The 30-year-old forward doesn’t do a lot offensively. In fact you would have to go back to Dec. 16, 2011 to find the last time he even recorded a point. In 2013, he had just 15 shots on goal in 34 games and over his 180 career contests, he’s scored just once.

What he is known for is his tough style of play. Scott engaged in seven fights in 2013, according to

With Scott inked, the Sabres only have three players with the potential to become unrestricted free agents this summer among those that had one-way contracts. Forward Jochen Hecht and defensemen Adam Pardy and Alexander Sulzer can all walk if they aren’t re-signed in the near future.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Gee, I wonder what his role will be…

    • DonkeyStick - May 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      My money is on healthy scratch or coaches decision not to play.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Until someone goes after [the next Sabres goalie].

  2. billsin20xx - May 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Alright Regier, the rebuild has started!!! You told us as fans that though our ticket prices were going up we were going to have to suffer for a while as you build up your dream team, nice first move!! Next you will probably coax Rob Ray out of retirement. Keep it up, hopefully you will be fired in October!

  3. stratomaticfan - May 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Wow. 3/4 of a mil down the drain. How’d toughening up help their return to the playoffs? It didn’t. Get tough at the expense of getting stupid and porous defensively is not a smart move. Keep him on the ice. Shocked that he was only a -1. Not shocked that he amassed no points.

  4. homelanddefense - May 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    The guy is intimidating for sure, but every second he is on the ice it helps the other team. Im not sure why anyone actually fights him.

    • sabatimus - May 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Scott is probably the only person that Colton Orr could fight where it wouldn’t be a good trade-off for the Leafs.

  5. capsfan19 - May 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    He can be that tall guy that gets thing off of high shelves? Or maybe team security.

  6. alicesrightfootesq - May 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    “He had no goals and seven fights.”

    Oh, what a player!!

  7. ironyisadeadscene - May 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Don’t they realize that successful goons these days have to be somewhat effective on the fourth line….not a human pylon skating around looking for the next big hit/fight.

    • sabatimus - May 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      cf Shawn Thornton.

  8. jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    You look at the teams that have one the Stanley Cup recently. It’s all about depth. The more one dimensional a player, the more they are becoming obsolete in this league.

  9. bollandio - May 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    When in CHI, Scott (when not playing? or fighting+++) was one of the most entertaining guys in the locker room. Hilarious interviews and clowning around. Glad we had him, super glad he’s a Sabre!

    • sabatimus - May 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Yep, Scott sure will stop the Sabres from hemorrhaging wins….

    • DonkeyStick - May 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Funny interviews and clowning around doesn’t get you a cup…..I do agree with the part “super glad he’s a Sabre” because that keeps him off my team.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      His good sense of humor should help the guys adjust to early golfing again next year

  10. mehetmet - May 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    FYI Hecht announced his retirement in the postgame of the final game of the Sabres season, so there are really only 2 FA’s.

    I like this signing solely for the videobombs at the post-game interviews.

    • DonkeyStick - May 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I suppose when you cheer for Buffalo, all you really have is looking forward to the post game interviews.

  11. hockeyflow33 - May 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Obviously he’s the biggest heavyweight in the league but as a rebuilding team, why in the world would you hurt yourself with this signing? You’re adding 4 minutes of toughness to a game and killing your team when he’s on the ice.

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