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Scott: Family man says it's a weird year for fighting
I spoke with John Scott Thursday for an early story that will appear in tomorrow's Newsday, and he also chatted with Chicago writers and others before the game. Here's some extra quotes from that soiree:
“This will be the first time I’ve seen them (his wife and baby daughter) since I’ve been traded, they’re waiting for me, they’re excited. It’s been tough, luckily they have Skype nowadays, so I can talk to her every night, she can see me and I can see her, but it’s still not the same. It’s tough being away from her for so long, we were on a three-week road trip with Chicago before I got traded, it’s been a while.” He added that they will join him in New York for the next two weeks.
On the Cam Janssens bout: “It’s such a weird year for fighting, I can’t find one for the life of me. I wasn’t at my best in that fight, I was super tired, but it was nice to get it out of the way and get it off my back. It was a crappy fight all around, Janssen is a tough guy and he fights smart, he grabbed my arm and I couldn’t really do anything in the fight till the end. He was gripping my jersey, wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t move my right arm the whole fight.”
Scott spoke about the uptempo Tortorella practices in my story and here's another take on his transition:
“I kind of got thrown into mix pretty quickly because of injuries. The coaches have made it fairly easy, they really haven’t given me too much responsibility, they’ve sat me down and told me what they expect from me, so I’ve just kind of been trying to keep it simple and play a nice, easy systems game. I think it’s gone so far, pretty well, I haven’t done anything too crazy. They’re throwing more information at me day by day, so it’s coming.”