The Canadiens traded for an All-Star today. Before you throw on your Bleu Blanc Rouge jerseys and dance through the streets of Montreal, let me tell you who it is. John Scott. Yes, that John Scott. 33-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch, 270 pound John Scott.
John Scott is a left winger that started his career in 2008 with the Minnesota Wild. Since then, Scott has made his way to Chicago, New York, Buffalo, San Jose, Arizona and now Montreal. He has spent almost 9 seasons in the NHL and you wouldn't believe me if I told you his stats. Scott has played in 285 games, and has scored a whopping 5 goals, assisting on 6, giving him a grand total of 11 points. 11 points in 285 games. Yes, you read that correctly; look it up.
This trade was a 3-way blockbuster between Arizona, Nashville and Montreal, which for some reason, took weeks to piece together. The Predators sent defenseman Victor Bartley to Arizona for defenseman Stefan Elliott. The Coyotes then sent Bartley and all-star John Scott to the Canadiens for defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier.
It is a very unusual trade to say the least, seeing how Scott was supposed to be a captain in the 2016 all-star game. It's not everyday that we see an all-star player traded just weeks before the all-star game. Why Montreal made this trade is still a mystery to me, because of the offensive struggles the Canadiens have had as of late. They have lost 10 of their last 12 and have been outscored 39-23 during that stretch.
With Price out, it's no surprise that the Habs have been struggling, so why trade for Scott? Granted, Montreal didn't break the bank trading for him, but I just don't see where he fits in with this team. Montreal has always been known as the fast skating, skill based team, so why trade for the epitome of a goon? With Gallagher coming back from his hand injury, the Canadiens offense should get a spike in production and it will be interesting to see how Scott is used on this roster.
One possibility is that Canadiens management wanted someone to go toe-to-toe with Chara on the ice, which would make this rivalry about 1,000 times better. With Habs fans calling the police on Chara after his hit on Pacioretty, it's no secret Montreal wants blood. Although I know this isn't the reason Montreal traded for Scott, nor do I think he stands a chance against Chara, a kid can dream. Who wouldn't want to watch those two gorillas go at it on the ice?
6' 9" 250 pounds
6' 8" 270 pounds
By Matt Watts