Sharks' Scott Suspended for Old Time's Sake
Damn that NHL Rule 70.2!
That's the one that put San José pugilist John Scott on ice because he got on the ice.
To say the Sharks have had enough of SoCal hockey teams the past few seasons is an understatement. Both the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings have raised the Stanley Cup, while San José has seemingly invented ways to get early tee times every spring. Especially last spring, when they blew a 3-0 series lead to LA.
Apparently, giving an enforcer a roster spot is one way the Sharks intend to shake things up. It's a move that's anti-trend these days, but San José probably figured it was either that or sacrifice a chicken to change their luck.
Scott's wasted no time doing what he does best.
Note he made sure he got the show on the road before linesmen could step in.
And the league's Department of Player Safety wasted no time doing what they do best:
Scott was last seen making headlines when he didn't even have to wait for the 2013-2014 season to begin. That time, it was Phil Kessel putting his life in Scott's clenched hands.
There was only one bout in the Sharks-Kings season opener, and Mike Brown carried the San José colors in that one; Scott was a healthy scratch. The NHL has conveniently put the Sharks in SoCal during the Christmas holidays to face both the Kings and Ducks.
By then, the league may well have ingrained the message that it wants fights curbed, but if Scott's still a Shark in December, it won't be due to his stickhandling. And he'll no doubt not care about the Player Safety Department.