The trading deadline has passed and it appears the New York Rangers have only made one move, and it’s a minor one. Mark Spector of Sports Net is reporting that the New York Rangers have acquired defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 5th round draft pick.
Scott is 6’8 and 258 pounds, and not surprisingly builds his game around physicality. He consistently throws absolutely monster hits and certainly will make some forwards think twice about going near our goaltender. However, he is virtually worthless of offense (he has one goal and four assists in 140 games) and he’s slow on his skates. He also has a tendency to take some bad penalties.
I’m a bit perplexed by the deal. With guys like Rupp and Prust the Rangers weren’t exactly desperate for an enforcer. I will say though that Scott is pretty much a better version of Stu Bickel so in that sense it’s better than nothing. But I’m still not sure I’d prefer him in the lineup over a Steve Eminger. Definitely a curious move by Glen Sather and I’m eager to hear from either him or Tortorella what the motivation was.