The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed John Scott to a one-year deal, bringing the bruising winger back for another year, according to Sabres.com. The deal is worth $750,000 according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.
The 6'8", 270-pound Scott did not score a single point with the Sabres this year but certainly brought an increased physical presence to the fourth line. Scott played in 34 of the Sabres' 48 contests, racking up 69 penalty minutes in that time.
Scott is certainly not a high-minute guy, having played less than 10 minutes in 31 of his 34 games. His highest-minute games were toward the end of the season when it was almost assured that the Sabres were going to be on the outside looking in on the Stanley Cup playoffs.
So, while this may not be a step forward in terms of any rebuild, the Sabres certainly ensured that they would have their enforcer back for another season.
With Scott's signing, the Sabres have six remaining free agents. Adam Pardy and Alexander Sulzer are unrestricted free agents and may sign with any team come July 1. Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Mike Weber and Jhonas Enroth are restricted free agents, and any offer may be matched by the Sabres.
While Pardy and Sulzer are essentially toss-ups as older, veteran guys who are not true top-four players, expect all four RFAs to be back next season with increased roles under Ron Rolston.