The San Jose Sharks are bringing back a familiar face to replace John Scott.
After allowing the 6-foot-8, 259-pound enforcer to sign elsewhere this summer (Scott signed in Arizona), the Sharks announced on Monday they’ve come to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Frazer McLaren.
McLaren, originally a seventh-round pick of the Sharks (203rd overall) in 2007, spent parts of four seasons in San Jose prior to being claimed off waivers by the Leafs in January 2013.
The 27-year-old has appeared in 102 career NHL games with the Sharks and Leafs scoring four goals and seven assists while racking up 34 fighting majors and 264 penalty minutes.
McLaren spent last season with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies registering one assist and 62 penalty minutes in 22 games.
The Toronto Marlies have added a little muscle to their roster for the upcoming season.
The affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs has signed tough guy Justin Johnson to an AHL deal, the club announced.
A career minor leaguer, Johnson has appeared in two career NHL games with the New York Islanders during the 2013-14 season.
For those unfamiliar with Johnson’s work, the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder dropped the gloves with 6-foot-8, 259-pound John Scott in just his second NHL game.
Johnson has had a string of 100-plus penalty minute seasons in the minors.
The Anchorage, Alaska native appeared in 45 games with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces last season scoring three goals and two assists to go along with 147 penalty minutes.
The Pacific Division continued to get tougher on Friday in the wake of Milan Lucic’s arrival in Los Angeles.
The Anaheim Ducks signed Brian McGrattan while the Arizona Coyotes added tough guy John Scott on a one-year deal.
Scott spent the 2014-15 season with the San Jose Sharks scoring career-high three goals and four points to go along with 87 penalty minutes in 38 games. The 32-year-old has a history with Coyotes’ assistant GM Darcy Regier as the two were together in Buffalo.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Scott’s deal is a one-way contract worth $575,000.
Arizona also signed Steve Downie to a one-year deal on July 1.
The Canucks added Brandon Prust in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
“L.A. got tougher in bringing in Lucic. Other teams got tougher,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said on Thursday when discussing the Prust acquisition. “I don’t want our younger players getting picked on this year. I want them to go out, be able to play and feel comfortable.
“With (Derek) Dorsett and Prust in the lineup, they’re going to create a safe working environment for our young players.”
Dorsett (17) and Prust (16) were second and third in fighting majors last season, according to Hockeyfights.com. Colorado’s Cody McLeod led the league with 19.
Downie was 14th in fighting majors last season with eight.
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Adam Burish wasn’t the only Shark to receive his walking papers Friday — shortly after news of Burish’s buyout went public, San Jose GM Doug Wilson told reporters the club was also parting ways with veterans John Scott and Scott Hannan.
Scott, the heavyweight signed last summer to add an “element of security,” failed to make much of an impact beyond his two suspensions this season. Though he did score a career-high three goals, the 6-foot-8 enforcer appeared in just 38 games and averaged 7:27 TOI per.
Hannan, 36, was a little more of a factor, dressing for 58 games while averaging over 16 minutes a night. San Jose’s first-round pick back in 1997, Hannan was in his second tour of duty with the Sharks but became an afterthought following the trade deadline, didn’t play much, then suffered a few injuries at the tail end of the year.
As for veteran goalie Antti Niemi… well, the jury’s still out. Wilson suggested in the past he’d like to go another direction in goal, but stopped just short of cutting ties. It’s possible the Sharks will stay in contact with the Finnish netminder as a “Plan B,” should free agency not work out in their favor.