Sabres John Scott suspended 7 games for head shot
Buffalo Sabres enforcer and forward John Scott likely knew after the fact that he was facing a suspension, and today that prediction came true.
Scott has been suspended for the next seven games after an in-person hearing regarding his head shot on Boston Bruins’ Loui Eriksson that left the forward concussed. Scott, who stands at 6 feet 8 inches, was expected to get a much harsher punishment, but Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s senior vice president of player safety, said that Scott has recorded 217 hits in his career and has no suspension history. He also said that this means that Scott knows how to hit within the rules.
“Scott cuts across Eriksson and delivers a shoulder to Eriksson’s head, making it the main point of contact and causing a serious injury,” said Brendan Shanahan, “This is an illegal check to the head. Although Eriksson is eligible to be checked on this play, he is not eligible to be checked in this fashion.”
Eriksson hasn’t played since the hit on October 23rd and has no timetable on his return.
Scott was asked about his meeting with Shanahan, but didn’t want to disclose what was said.
“I think I’ll leave that between me and him, but he just reiterated that they’re trying to make it a safe game for the players and get those hits out of the games, so I understand where he’s coming from.” It wasn’t just the NHL people talking to Scott. He said they were willing to listen to his point of view, “It was good, we had a good conversation, a frank conversation, he gave me his opinion and I gave him my opinion and we had a good talk about it, so I was happy with how the meeting went.”
This isn’t Buffalo’s first suspension this year, as they lost forward Patrick Kaleta to a 10 game suspension earlier for his head hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.