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PHT Morning Skate: Devils-Ducks trade fallout; John Scott’s acting debut

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• How Sami Vatanen helps the New Jersey Devils. [Pucks and Pitchforks]

• Are the Anaheim Ducks a better team after Thursday’s big trade? [Anaheim Calling]

• Appearing on WFAN in New York, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman once again reiterated his faith that the Islanders will end up with a new arena near Belmont Park. [Islanders Insight]

• Is the hole too deep for the Edmonton Oilers to dig out of? [Oilers Nation]

• A look at what’s behind Joe Thornton’s recent offensive flourish. [CSN Bay Area]

• John Scott talks life after hockey and his acting debut on CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” Thursday night. [ESPN]

• A good read on how just how fast hockey players have become. [TSN]

• Remember the days when goaltending was a weak link with the Winnipeg Jets? [Arctic Ice Hockey]

Nathan Walker, the first Australian-born player in the NHL, has been waived by the Capitals.  [Washington Post]

• Patience has saved Dave Hakstol’s job…for now. [Inquirer]

• It’s good to see the old Anze Kopitar back on the ice. []

• Good Long Island boy Charlie McAvoy is handling everything thrown his way. [Bruins Daily]

• A tough start hasn’t caused Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill to stray from his plan. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

Carey Price is healthy and the Montreal Canadiens are winning, but there is still work to be done. [Sporting News]

• Here are the details for the latest NHL 18 update. [Operation Sports]

• When an anthem singer in the Czech Republic failed to show up for a game, the referee stepped forward and grabbed the mic. [Scouting the Refs]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Ex-NHL enforcer John Scott tries acting, ponders next move

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By Stephen Whyno (AP Hockey writer)

Not a lot of things rattle John Scott.

Come on. He was a 6-foot-8, 260-pound NHL enforcer.

Then he tried acting – and was terrified.

”It’s a different kind of nerves,” Scott said. ”I’ve been in front of big stadiums, I’ve fist-fought tough guys and that’s nerve-wracking. It’s so much different walking on to a stage where you’re the new guy and you don’t really know what to do.”

The lovable lug who made headlines for fans voting him into the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and then winning MVP honors is now 35, retired and considering his next move. Although Scott enjoyed taping an episode of the CBS drama ”S.W.A.T.” and will likely make a cameo appearance in the movie about his story, ”A Guy Like Me,” he won’t star as himself or pursue an acting career.

”I don’t even know if I’m good, so I could just be terrible,” Scott said by phone Monday. ”I think it went well, but I was super nervous and uncomfortable for the first like hour and a half, so we hopefully scrapped all those takes and used the good ones. But it was weird.”

Right now, family is his focus after his wife, Danielle, gave birth to the couple’s fifth child in late August. Scott said he’s ”just changing diapers, man,” while he does some book signings and speaking engagements.

Scott’s brief foray into acting came as a random happenstance when a current NHL player friend couldn’t do the ”S.W.A.T.” episode because of training camp. A relationship with a producer’s brother got him an audition. The veteran of eight NHL seasons and 44 fights nailed his lines and then taped the episode in which he played a hated opposing player who needed protection while in town.

”I had no idea the amount of work that goes into doing a television show,” Scott said. ”I just figured you wrote the script and there was a couple of guys with cameras and you just go on set and then you go. It’s amazing the amount of people and the amount of work and the effort that goes into doing even one take.”

Scott plans to rent out a room at a bar or restaurant to watch the episode with family and friends when it airs Nov. 30. Beyond that, he hasn’t thought much about where life will take him.

”That’s the question of the day my wife’s been asking me about that for the last two months,” Scott said. ”I’m just trying to find something where I can stay at home and be with the kids. … I don’t really know. I’m just trying to take it as things come.”

Another former enforcer, George Parros, recently became head of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Similar to the Princeton-educated Parros, Scott has an engineering degree from Michigan Tech and was long considered by teammates and coaches as one of the smartest guys in the locker room.

Scott being voted by fans into the All-Star Game was followed by a trade from Arizona to Montreal and a demotion to the minors. His wild ride had a happy ending as he was carried off on teammates’ shoulders after winning the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament, yet Scott doesn’t think he’s a favorite at NHL offices.

”I don’t think the league’s going to hire me, to be honest with you,” Scott said. ”I would like to maybe get into coaching, but I’m still so many years off. I couldn’t leave my wife with these five kids, so that stuff is a pie in the sky right now.”

In other words, stay tuned.

John Scott wants to make his own World Cup team with Phil Kessel

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The 2016 All-Star game MVP is interested in making his own World Cup team with the top forward from the 2014 Olympics. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

John Scott took to Instagram to announce that he wanted to join forces with his buddy Phil Kessel. The post was accompanied by a picture of Scott going after Kessel, after this stick-swinging incident from a few years back.

The team doesn’t have a name (Scott says he’s open to suggestions) or any other players, but Scott knows what kind of guys he’s looking for.

“We are looking for guys who want to compete and may have been overlooked in hockey,” said Scott in the post.

Here’s the full post:

This sounds like a really good idea.

Video: John Scott on his All-Star dream run (and NHL future)


The dream ride isn’t over as abruptly as John Scott may have expected, although it’s fitting that he seemed a lot more like a “regular guy” speaking with NHL Live on Tuesday.

NBCSN’s Liam McHugh went in-depth with the 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s MVP on the emotional experience, and maybe more importantly, what’s next for the rapidly famous enforcer.

You can watch the full interview in the video above.

WATCH LIVE: Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals


Alex Ovechkin won’t be in action during Tuesday’s Florida Panthers – Washington Capitals game, but the reigning player of the month will suit up.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (pictured) took home January’s honors, and he hopes to follow up his All-Star appearance with another strong night tonight.

You can watch the Eastern Conference’s two division leaders go toe to toe on NBCSN and stream it via the link below.


If that wasn’t enough, tune in for an interview with All-Star MVP John Scott.