By Amy Moritz
The NHL has suspended John Scott indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Loui Eriksson in last night's 5-2 loss to Boston. He has been given the opportunity for an in-person hearing, an offer made when the suspension is likely to go beyond five games. The suspension came after the team had left for tomorrow night's game at Florida.
Scott addressed the media after the Buffalo Sabres practiced for about an hour this morning at First Niagara Center.
His hit on Loui Eriksson in last night's 5-2 loss to Boston, along with his value as an NHL player period, has been questioned by several national media outlets. Scott would like to say he's not a goon.
"I don’t think I’m a dirty player," Scott said. "I try to play within the code, within the rules. This is my first suspension. I don’t try to be a dirty player. I kind of feel really upset. I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened watching the video. I just kind of regret the whole situation. I don’t want to be a dirty player."
Scott said he sent a text to Eriksson last night to apologize for the hit, one that he didn't realize at the time was to his head.
"It happened pretty fast," Scott said. "I just thought I was completing a check. But, obviously, I hit his head. It wasn’t exactly what I was aiming for. I didn’t want to do that. It’s just a bad play, unfortunate it happened."
Not only was Scott criticized by national outlets, but head coach Ron Rolston was questioned for putting Scott on the ice in the first place. The loudest and most vehement criticism came from NBC Sports Network analyst Mike Milbury. (See video below.)
Milbury said that Scott and Rolston were, "two meatheads there. They both should be gone by tomorrow." He then described the Sabres this way: "The thing's a mess. It's a fire. It's the Titanic."
Sabres co-captain Steve Ott wasn't going to comment on Milbury's rant.
"I’m definitely not going to comment about Milbury. That’s the last guy I want to talk about right now," Ott said.
And Rolston pretty much shrugged off the criticism. How does he handle that?
"Just wake up the next morning and do your job. That’s how I handle it," Rolston said. "Just come to the rink and do my job.
"We can’t control that. We come to work and we try to do our job to get guys better and get the team better. We can’t control what people’s opinions are of situations. Whether you write it or it’s on the radio or you guys write it or someone says it, you can’t control that. So, not going to get too uptight about that."But