Sabres tough guy John Scott says he's not a 'meathead'

Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott battles Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren earlier this season....

Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott battles Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren earlier this season. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:58 PM ET

John Scott insists he is not “a meathead.”

That was the proclamation of the Buffalo tough guy on Thursday as he stood in front of a couple of Toronto reporters discussing the way many fans and hockey types perceive him.

Of course, if you ask the thousands of Toronto fans who will flow down the QEW for Friday night’s Toronto-Sabres tilt at First Niagara Center, “meathead” would be a compliment to a player who has become one of the most despised figures among those in Leafs Nation.

Given the brouhaha he was involved in during an exhibition game against the Leafs at the ACC back on Sept. 22, the first meeting between these two teams since that ugly incident has put Scott directly in the public spotlight.

For his part, Scott takes offence to the stereotype that he is just a goon whose kind should be eliminated from the league. In fact, he truly believes can be an effective physical player, not just a guy who goes fist city at every opportunity.

 


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