By Jay Skurski
The life of the NHL enforcer is a migratory one.
That's part of the reason John Scott is a Buffalo Sabre. Teams around the Eastern Conference are bulking up. Consider the following roster moves:
- The Islanders claimed 6-foot-8 defenseman Joe Finley off waivers from the Sabres.
- Carolina acquired Kevin Westgarth from Los Angeles.
- Florida traded for George Parros from Anaheim.
- New Jersey signed Krys Barch away from Florida.
- Montreal signed Brandon Prust away from the Rangers.
That doesn't count the other enforcers such as Colton Orr with Toronto, Chris Neil with Ottawa and a trio of Bruins (Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton).
"It's good for me. More enforcers, the more chances I'll play," Scott said. "I think you see that from year to year, the shift from West to East, with the tough guys. I think last year all the tough guys were in the West, and the West did pretty well, so the Eastern Conference teams wanted to bulk up and be a little more physical. … It's good. I enjoy going up against the more physical guys. It’ll be a fun year."
The Sabres play Carolina home and home next week. To get you ready for what that might look like, watch this:
You can read more about Scott and his role with the Sabres this season in this story from Friday's editions of The News.