Scott to meet with NHL's Shanahan over Eriksson hit

Scott to meet with NHL's Shanahan over Eriksson hit
October 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
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John Scott will likely be going away for a good, long time after his predatory head shot to Bruins winger Loui Eriksson, and he’ll be invited to an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety to discuss the matter. The in-person invitation gives the NHL the leeway to suspend the 6-foot-8, 270-pound Scott for more than five games should Shanahan deem it necessary, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A league source indicated to that while Scott isn’t a repeat offender, he did chat with Shanahan following the stick-swinging incident with Phil Kessel during the preseason and was told to stay off the league’s radar. Instead he tossed the enforcer “code” in the trash can and landed a blindside elbow to Eriksson’s jaw in the third period of Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over the Sabres after the Bruins had taken a two-goal lead in the third period.

“We had a really good angle of it from the bench. It was a blind side hit to the head. The league will look at it, and I know they’ll take care of it,” said Milan Lucic. “It’s similar to the hit on Penner, and the Grabner hit on Nathan Gerbe. They’re obviously taking these hits very seriously. It’s unfortunate that a player like that (Scott) takes out on our best players in Loui.”

Scott received a match penalty for illegal check to Eriksson’s head, as well a five-minute fighting major for an altercation with Boston's Adam McQuaid that followed the cheap shot. Eriksson remained behind in Buffalo following Wednesday night’s game for “precautionary reasons”, but was expected to return to Boston on Thursday.

There’s been no update on Eriksson’s condition aside from that, but the B’s protocol thus far is consistent with a player that’s suffered a concussion. According to the NHL release,  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: Illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

The guess here for Scott’s suspension: 10-15 games given the fact Scott had already been spoken with this season by the league, and he will be an easy target to be made an example of given that he’s a marginal hockey player whose only skill is fighting.