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.)