I wasn't going to bother writing about this John Scott/Tim Jackman rubbish but seeing as Tim Jackman is now out with a concussion I decided I couldn't let it slide.
For starters, the San Jose Sharks are a better team with John Scott out of the line-up so the 4 game break will do the Sharks more good than bad. However the theory that players like John Scott are deterrents is just rubbish.
Can someone please explain to me how actions like this help deter physical play against your teams more skilled players? I would suggest it would increase the likelihood that the opposition would take liberties with that kind of garbage happening on the ice.
To be honest this is worse than what Shawn Thornton did, as this was not provoked by any actions on the ice. Many people thought the NHL overreacted by giving Thornton 15 games because he had never been suspended before, well John Scott has been suspended before. He only gets 4 games for this?
John Scott causes a concussion on Tim Jackman, who had every right to think he was safe' from being hit, let along, whacked in the mouth and the NHL suspends John Scott 4 games.
On October 31, 2013, Scott was suspended 7 games for an illegal check to the head of the Bruins' Loui Eriksson, he has a past.
For all you old schoolers out there, what value does John Scott bring to the game of hockey?
I am not going to even try to fit what Scott did into my system, because it doesn't even fit any of the categories, it just baffles me that something like this happens and has no need to happen for any cause of hockey or 'sending a message' and only a 4 game suspension is handed out.
If Tim Jackman misses more games than John Scott with a concussion or concussion like symptoms then the NHL has even failed in its own processes for not suspended to the injury. This is a great example of why you do not take injury into consideration when suspending, you never know how long the injury is going to keep the affected player off the ice.
A loss of 4.88% of salary is not exactly going to enact any change of behavior.
Thanks for reading.
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