John Scott made the Sabres feel tougher on the ice. He made Buffalo’s players laugh in the dressing room.
He’s going to do it again next season.
The Sabres re-signed their enforcer Monday to a one-year deal worth $750,000. Scott, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, received a 25 percent raise over last year’s salary of $600,000.
Buffalo signed the 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward last season after watching teams take liberties with its players. Scott removed that threat and allowed the Sabres to skate without fear of cheap shots. The personable 30-year-old finished with seven fighting majors and 69 penalty minutes.
Scott played in 34 of the 48 games, a larger number than anticipated, though he averaged team lows of 7.6 shifts and 5:26 of ice time per game. He also failed to record a point, setting a franchise record for most games played without reaching the score sheet (goaltenders excluded).
The signing leaves defensemen Adam Pardy and Alexander Sulzer as the Sabres’ remaining unrestricted free agents. They have four restricted free agents: forwards Cody Hodgson and Brian Flynn, defenseman Mike Weber and goaltender Jhonas Enroth.
The list of unsigned minor-league players includes forwards Matt Ellis (unrestricted) and Corey Tropp (restricted), and goalies Matt Hackett (restricted) and David Leggio (unrestricted).