John Scott: Guys like Yzerman 'trying to take my job away'

Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott doesn't like the anti-fighting crowd but admits the game could...

Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott doesn't like the anti-fighting crowd but admits the game could do without staged fights. (DOUG BENZ/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 6:46 PM ET

A pair of Buffalo Sabres bangers aren’t thrilled with comments made Wednesday by respected hockey mind Steve Yzerman.

Buffalo forward John Scott, who was at the centre of the Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs melee on opening night, told the Buffalo News the anti-fighting crowd is "trying to take my job away."

"They’ve been in hockey their whole life," Scott said of Yzerman and the like, "and now they’re trying to take my job away and other guys’ jobs away just because they don’t like it now. But when they played, it was perfectly fine.

"It’s a little annoying."

Yzerman, currently the Tampa Bay Lightning’s general manager and former Detroit Red Wings captain, has called for an automatic game misconduct penalty for dropping the gloves. His remarks Wednesday were publicly endorsed by other executives, including legendary bench boss Scotty Bowman and Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.

Sabres defenceman Mike Weber, meanwhile, is in his teammate’s corner. He believes players can police the game just fine on their own.

"Every year it’s something," Weber said. "They’re trying to change our game. We have a pretty great game, and I think it should be left alone."

Scott, for what it’s worth, wants to see staged fighting removed from the game.

"The staged fighting, the fights that don’t really mean anything, I can do without those. I know I’ve been in a few of those in my career, but there’s a time and place for every fight," Scott said. "Sometimes they don’t really matter."

Scott, a 6-foot-8 270-pound giant, has been involved in 34 fights in 180 NHL games. Weber has been in 10 over a 175-game career.


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