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Sharks beef up, sign Scott: one year, $700,000

Jul 2, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks might let their fists do the talking next year.

Having already re-upped with noted pugilist Mike Brown on a two-year deal, the Sharks inked enforcer John Scott to a one-year, $700,000 deal on Wednesday. Scott, 31, is widely regarded as one of the NHL’s most feared individuals, thanks in large part to his stature — 6-foot-8, 259 pounds — and fighting ability:

“John brings a physical, no-nonsense element to our lineup,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. “As we integrate more younger players to our team, John’s presence alone can act as a deterrent and help keep teams and opposing players honest.”

While there’s no denying Scott can do those things, it’s still unclear exactly why Wilson chose to go this route. Scott’s hardly a regular, having never played more than 56 games in any of his six NHL seasons and while he’ll add to the toughness department, it’s a department that didn’t seem to need an upgrade — the Sharks already had Brown, Andrew Desjardins, Adam Burish and Raffi Torres in the mix.

(Brown and Desjardins combined to fight 21 times last year, FYI.)

  1. lowenni - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    It would be a mistake to play him. Pointless signing for a team looking to get faster and younger. Mike Brown is somewhat decent and can handle his own. This team doesn’t need multiple enforcers, it needs leadership. Scott is everything that’s wrong with hockey and goonery.

    • lowenni - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      I think Greg Wyshynski summed it up best: “John Scott signs with the San Jose Sharks, presumably to punch the other 17 skaters in the face if they blow another 3-0 lead.”

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      you should stick to soccer or tennis lowenni

      • 950003cups - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Good for John Scott for getting a $700,000 payday.
        Bad for Sharks and their fans.
        Lately John Scott hasn’t won too many fights.
        Almost always a draw these days.
        At least Cam Janssen got 3 goals last year for NJ. Likely will NEVER happen again outside of him showing up to his local rink for an Open Hockey session.

      • elrock7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Being a Leaf fan, I have been able to laugh at this embarrassment to hockey for a few years now. Trust me, he will hurt your team more than help it. I watched Clarke McArthur of all people beat him up! The guy is absolutely laughable!

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        im not a sharks fan elrock

      • lowenni - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        @Logan, my point is nothing against fighting–I think fighting is a good tactic that can be used to help teams win games and pump up fans and teammates. That being said, my main point was that Scott not only makes hockey players look bad, he can’t even play–he is both detrimental to the team and the sport. I was saying that Mike Brown, who IS an enforcer, was fine on the team and that that role was covered. I think most would agree with my assessment of a player who’s made comments about how he forgets how to skate.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        I just get tired of all the modern day soccer mom type of fans that think a goon here and there is going to ruin the sports’ progress and hold it back or something…. if you really think about it , these games these days arent nearly as entertaining as they used to be years back . and all the ticky tacky touch your opponent and get a penalty type of calls that the refs are enforcing is whats holding the game back

      • drewsylvania - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Go raise your own taxes or something.

    • avscup - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      “Scott is everything that’s wrong with hockey and goonery.”


      • elrock7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Why? Because he cant play or fight

      • lowenni - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Because nowadays in a faster NHL, there isn’t a place for guys like this. He’s only there to hurt people. This isn’t the Broadstreet Bullies anymore. I enjoy a good fight just as much as the next guy, but I respect guys who can stand up and fight and aren’t totally detrimental to their team, such as Shawn Thornton. John Scott goes out into each game knowing he has to make his presence felt or he loses his spot–and more often that not he makes his presence felt illegally. I hate how non-hockey fans have this interpretation of the sport that it’s some fighting filled league of goons–they don’t appreciate how beautiful of a sport it really is. Goons like Scott are the reason for that.

      • thomasvanek - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        @elrock7 I understand you saying that he can’t fight because it is true. But Scott is at least in the top 3 for fighters in the league and you are a fool to think otherwise.

      • avscup - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Spot on. Perhaps he didn’t do much in Buffalo but who would want to bust their ass for that team. He will be a different team mate in SJ.

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Shawn Thornton must have been thrilled to hear Scott went West. No fun being Scott’s punching bag when your a supposed tough guy.

      • elrock7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Thomasvanek bad news for ya, he is not even top 3 on his team

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Now lets hear everyone tell me how great Wilson is. He blows! He is the cancer that is in the Sharks organization. Sits back and watches great players go yesterday and today steps up to sign Scott.. This is really going to help the Sharks. I mean, help the Sharks get scored on EVERYTIME the Sharks 4th line is on the ice.

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Name one ‘great player’ that went yesterday? Niskanen? Get out of my face, homer.

    • skr213 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      As one who often defends DW, I will admit this signing is just stupid.

  3. puckyou14 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM


  4. sjsblitz - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Maybe now we’ll get a response when a certain dirtbag captain knees a promising young rookie

    • nyking1963 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Dirtbag captain?
      Oh, you must be referring to the 2 time Stanley Cup Champion captain of the LA Kings. You remember them…they came back from 3-0 to humiliate you.
      Yeah..great signing SMH

      • sjsblitz - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Yea, the dirtbag captain

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      poor cup-less bitter minnow (oops i meant sharks fans)

    • elrock7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Yeah Scott doesn’t play favorites, he gets punched out by all comers!

  5. elvispocomo - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Kevin Bieksa will be happy to see him more often so he has more chances to skate around him.

    • hosewater2 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      The whole league skates around Scott, nothing unique to Bieksa.

      • elvispocomo - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Doesn’t mean he won’t be happy.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Don’t forget skate away from him and then go after non-fighters.

  6. gohawks7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Hertl and Vlasic should could have used his presence this year….

    • gohawks7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      SURE could have…..ugh

    • skr213 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      I agree with the sentiment, but we shouldn’t need a goon – all of their teammates should have stepped up in each of those cases and handled business.

      • gohawks7 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        I agree skr213. But this teams lacks serious physical abilities. If not for Torres, the series vs LA doesn’t even go 7 games. I’d rather see 4-5 hard hitters with lots of heart. But if PM and JT are going to be around next year, this might be just as good. Think…Link Gaetz. Those were the days….

  7. hockeyissweet - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    $700.000 a year? Mind-blowing, I’m in the wrong business. All that school and work, and i could have just learned to ice skate and take punches to the face better, and made 7x more money and retire early.

  8. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I agree that his presence would have been nice for Stoll and Brown. Except Tmac would have to put him on the ice fast enough after that incident for him to do anything. Which he will not do. He will just tell the Sharks to keep playing their game, instead send someone out to handle it. So this Scott signing could help with standing up for star players but it’s up to Tmac to make that happen. Which he does not do, so it’s a waste.

    Who knows, maybe it will happen at the banner raising game. I doubt it though.

    • sharksman - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      that’s great for the regular season but come playoffs the goons never play, Shelley anyone ? Raffi has that toughness and has show he can score. I just don’t see this as a good thing.
      Tmac would never have let Scott see the ice in the playoffs anyway

      • elrock7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Sharks are in trouble if he makes it into the lineup for ANY game!

      • sharksman - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        I think the sharks are in trouble period. I get the whole change the culture thing but the way Wilson is talking were going to suck, don’t know why you cant get a few new pieces and keep going and get better , why we have to go backwards is crazy. rebuilding doesn’t have to mean your going to suck

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      For a guy who never once has stepped behind the ropes, you sure seem to know a lot about the Sharks’ mindset and strategy. What do you do for a living? Probably nothing related to hockey. They know more than you. S T F U.

  9. sharksman - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    the only way this makes any sense is if they are going away from burrish. Even then I am not sold. Hell why not see what scott parker is up to. wtf Wilson ? More and more I am confused by what Wilson is doing. I hope I am just stupid and don’t realize what his master plan is.

    • skr213 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Scott Parker is dealing with serious brain problems due to his time in the NHL (see link for great article about what he’s going through). I still have a Parker jersey too.

      • sharksman - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        thanks for the link. It is amazing how good his attitude is towards hockey considering what he is dealing with and crazy how he thinks it happened because of a puck and not a fist. Guess that is a good reason to wear a visor. Thanks again good read.

  10. sixchr - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    The Sharks wanted to beef up so they went out and signed the biggest traffic cone in the league. They realize that Shawn Thornton was on the market if they wanted to do this right? John Scott is literally going to look like a traffic cone just spinning in circles watching those teams in the western conference buzz right by him.

  11. areaman714 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    I believe in Regicide.

  12. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Sharksman, exactly what I was trying to say. He will never touch the ice when it counts. Tmac will never put him out. I honestly cannot understand what Wilson is trying to do. Ditching Burish would be great but not to have Scott replace him. Should have signed Thornton or Glass instead.

    All I know is Wilson is lucky the Sharks owner knows nothing about hockey. So his job would be safe even if he made the Sharks first line Shelley, Scott, Kaleta. Would have loved to see him get fired after the Sharks collapse. Then bring in Shero and see what he could do for us.

  13. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    “Name one ‘great player’ that went yesterday? Niskanen? Get out of my face, homer.”


    The fact that you named Niskanen as the only one is a joke. He has one good year and some how is the best player to be signed yesterday? Just because the caps signed him to a huge contract does not mean he is a “great player”.

    • skr213 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      You had me until you named Errorhoff. C’mon son. Were you not yet a Sharks fan when he “played” for us??? Worst Dman in Sharks history. He got dumped by us. He got dumped by the Canucks. He got dumped by the Sabres. Every team he plays for finds out the hard way how absurdly irresponsible he is in his own zone.

  14. thesportsjudge - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Isn’t this ALL that is wrong with the NHL today? The guy doesn’t have a lick of talent.

  15. bigolbig - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    At least he had more goals than leino last year…

  16. terba28 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I thought Wilson wanted to get younger and faster? So why would he sign the biggest traffic cone he could find? If you wanted a tough guy you could have signed Shawn Thornton, at least he can skate. Iginla was available! You could have gotten grit and leadership, as well as an established goal scorer! But no, go sign Scott, a player I thought was done after last season.

  17. Andee - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Scott was dog buns in Buffalo. Never seen a player so heralded for his toughness and fighting ability get his rear handed to him literally every time out.

  18. skr213 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I think I can sum up the feelings of just about every Sharks fan: this was a stupid signing. No need for further elaboration.

  19. norcalsportsknowledge - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Are there any Goon centers out there?? Wilson is hoping to distract the fans with fights every night and hope they don’t realize he has no clue how to build a Cup winning team.

  20. jpat2424 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I remember that ass whoopin

  21. pantherpro - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Kings. Fans. You suck!

    • nyking1963 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Oh damn…now that really hurts..especially after coming back from 3-0 against your loser Shards!
      Oh yeah and lets not forget who the Stanley Cup Champions are again. Not to worry, you’ll be seeing the Kings raise the Stanley Cup banner on opening night…Enjoy it loser!
      Go Kings!

  22. gohawks7 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Remember how popular Link Gaetz was?? This soft team needs that presence in the playoffs. I’d rather see an all around hard hitting team, but this might be a quick, short-term fix. Fans loved Gaetz, and players were pumped up by having him on the ice. Too bad he had too much Brian Bosworth in him and not enough Probert.

  23. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    GREAT hockey player.

  24. garybrian - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The guys nothing but a stiff! But he did score against Toronto last year!

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