It’s an Agenda-Free Friday on Felger & Mazz, and one of the topics of discussion was the suspension of John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres. During a game on October 23 against the Bruins, the 6′ 8″ Scott barreled through the neutral zone and delivered a dirty, blind-side hit to the head of the newly-acquired Loui Eriksson.
Eriksson was concussed on the play and hasn’t been back since. He is out indefinitely. For his role in the play, it was announced yesterday that John Scott will be suspended for seven games, forfeiting $26,923 in salary. Despite his reputation as a brawler, Scott has never been suspended before.
Felger & Mazz weighed in on the topic, and both reached the same conclusion.
“The seven games isn’t enough,” said Mazz. “For a guy whose never been suspended before to get seven out of the gate, well I guess you could argue that’s somewhat aggressive. But I still come back to the same thing: if the league is serious about cleaning this sort of stuff up, they’ve got to start coming down harder on these guys.”
Bruins fans know all too well what can happen to players who suffer concussions. Matt Cooke’s dirty hit on Marc Savard in 2010 likely ended his career. Mike Felger thinks the John Scott hit was much worse, and believes the league has a long way to go in dealing with this problem.
“This was worse than the Matt Cooke hit. It boggles my mind that that’s how far the league has come, only seven games? It’s obviously not working, because there’s been a million hits like that across the league this year. There’s been a bunch of suspensions and guys are still going down with concussions on needless headshots like that,” said Felger.
Tony thinks one way to rid the game of these plays is to start fining and suspending coaches and teams who employ these cheap-shot artists.
Listen to the full discussion below: