After more than a week since the initial incident, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan dished out a 7-game suspension to Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott. In a game against the Boston Bruins on October 23rd, Scott blindsided B’s forward Loui Eriksson with a headshot. Eriksson is out indefinitely with a concussion. There is no word yet on his return. You can see the hit here.
Scott became the 8th player to receive criminal justice from the league office. In total, there have been 9 suspensions through four weeks of NHL action – way up from 2012-13’s total of 3 at the same point in the season.
NHL Director of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, explains Scott’s suspension here.
Shanahan summarizes by labelling the hit as 1) Illegal check to the head. 2) Injury (occurred to Bruins Eriksson). 3) No history (Scott has never been suspended by the NHL before).
Some on Twitter think Scott’s suspension should have been longer.
I know Scott was never suspended before. I also know he is a goon who was clearly trying to hurt someone. But whatever.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) October 31, 2013
John Scott's suspension is too short unless Loui Eriksson returns before Scott. And that's unlikely. Again, victim rights come last.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) October 31, 2013