Sharks sign 'tough guy' John Scott

Sharks sign 'tough guy' John Scott
July 2, 2014, 12:45 pm
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John Scott appeared in 56 games for Buffalo last season. He scored one goal and logged 125 penalty minutes. (USATI)

So much for staying out of the free agent market.

The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a one-year contract with 31-year-old unrestricted free agent forward John Scott. The deal is worth $700,000, has learned.

Scott, a six-foot-eight, 259-pound forward, has two goals and four assists for six points and 430 penalty minutes in 236 career NHL games with Minnesota, Chicago, the New York Rangers and Buffalo.

There’s not much of a grey area when it comes to Edmonton native Scott’s function. He’s an enforcer, plain and simple, whose job will be to protect the Sharks’ young players that are expected to have a bigger role on the team in 2014-15.

"John brings a physical, no-nonsense element to our lineup," general manager 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."

Scott won’t likely play every game, and averaged less than seven minutes of ice time last season for Buffalo, but is known as a solid locker room guy that has the respect of his teammates.

“I’m obviously not a goal scorer,” Scott told in 2013. “I don’t have hands like some of the guys on the team. You know, I did what I had to do to get in the NHL, and this is my role.”

Scott could potentially play on the left wing of a fourth line with fellow scrapper Mike Brown, who recently signed a two-year extension with the Sharks, and either Andrew Desjardins or Adam Burish in the middle.