Sabres' John Scott deserves due process after hit

Sabres enforcer John Scott and Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid fight during third period action in...

Sabres enforcer John Scott and Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid fight during third period action in Buffalo following a hit to the head that knocked Bruins forward Loui Eriksson out of the game. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

I wish I had the concession for pitchforks and flaming torches as the mob storms the NHL offices demanding the head of Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott.

They want Scott's head because of his hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson Wednesday night.

Was it a bad hit?

Of course it was.

Should Scott be suspended?

Of course he will be.

It is exactly the kind of hit the NHL is trying to get out of the game: a player targeting an opponent and delivering a blow where the main point of contact is the head.

But because Scott is a little-talent brawler who has fewer career goals than goaltender Martin Brodeur doesn't mean he doesn't deserve the same due process as any other player. There have been calls for him to be cut by the Sabres and that he should be getting a double-digit suspension.


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