If you thought the falling Canadian dollar, the threat of another lockout or the lack of Canadian teams in playoff contention were the most pressing matters currently plaguing NHL fans, think again. John Scott and the upcoming All-Star game in Nashville are dominating headlines and the Twitter-verse.
To refresh your memory (not that you need a refresher), a couple of months ago, a few popular members of hockey media launched a campaign for fans to vote John Scott into this year’s NHL All-Star game. Their claim was that this campaign was meant to show what a farce this meaningless exhibition game is and to inject a little fun into the event. Later, when John Scott was traded to Montreal, making him ineligible to captain the Pacific Division team, those same media members cried conspiracy and accused the League of “bullying” Scott. Pardon my French, but all of that is BS.
For starters, the campaign had nothing to do with trying to make the All-Star game interesting or throwing a bone to ‘good guy’ John Scott. It was just a couple of popular (and well-respected) media personalities trying to be s*** disturbers and rile up the reviled head-honchos of the NHL. Yes, the All-Star game is meaningless and often times uneventful but it’s still a chance for the League to market their star players and sell the game to more finicky markets in North America. John Scott does not sell the game of hockey. John Scott barely qualifies as an NHL calibre player and he knows it. That’s why he made a t-shirt commemorating, in jest, one of his five career goals. Which brings me to my next point of contention: John Scott is not a victim of bullying and doesn’t need your sympathy. When asked to graciously bow out of the All-Star event and give up his spot to more deserving teammates such as Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Max Domi, he declined. Not because he felt he owed it to his thousands of fans who voted him in or because he felt he genuinely belongs there. He did it because of money.
Scott is making $700,000 this season and will likely not get another NHL contract. Participating in the NHL All-Star game nets you almost $10,000, just for showing up. The winning team gets $1 million, divided among each player on said team. That equals around $60,000 which would come in handy for a guy who’s expecting twins, not to mention an all expenses paid trip for him and his family. Also, this whole fiasco puts Scott at the forefront of hockey news which I’m sure he appreciates considering most people had no idea who John Scott was before the hashtag campaign.
I’m sure Scott is a very nice, well-intentioned guy but that doesn’t change that fact that he’s a lousy hockey player who doesn’t deserve to have 2016 All-Star added to his wikipedia page. As for those crusaders who brought on this circus, I’m sure next month there’ll be another pseudo-cause they’ll take up just to ruffle some feathers.