Sit Back, Relax, and Watch John Scott

John Scott taking a picture of the media to soak up the moment.

John Scott taking a picture of the media to soak up the moment.

Oh, and P.K. Subban. Funnily enough, I almost forgot about him, even though he is Montreal’s representative at this weekend’s All-Star Game. As much as I love Subban, my excitement is directed towards John Scott. He’s gone through one of the most hellish type of situations a professional hockey player could go through in a very short span of time. Much like the Montreal Canadiens actually. Off the top of my head, I would like to liken his situation to that of the Montreal Canadiens, and I believe that they should take a thing or two out of his book.

The Habs started the season off on fire. With a 9-0-0 record, they were breaking records left and right. They were scoring, they were defending, and for once, Carey Price wasn’t holding the team on his shoulders night in and night out.

Now, let’s travel to Arizona, the home of the Coyotes. They were projected to miss the playoffs and have an overall disappointing season. After all, they are a young team that is still learning how to play in this league. BUT WAIT. After an average month of October where they lost 6 out of their 11 games, they went 8-4 the following month. Ever since, they’ve been one of the top teams in the Pacific division for the past while; no one saw this coming.

You know what else no one saw coming? John Scott being voted into the All-Star Game, and at the time, acting as the main representative of the Arizona Coyotes. What started as a joke turned into something much more serious. Fans wanted him in the All-Star Game. And you know what? So did I. There’s nothing like seeing an underdog get the chance to play in the “illustrious” All-Star Game. Because, let’s face it: this might be the highlight of his career.

This is a guy who has changed teams 5 times prior to signing with the Coyotes this summer. The team was starting to come together, and it seemed that Scott was going to be a part of a truly special group of hockey players. Not to mention that he was heading to the All-Star Game, to the great dismay of Gary Bettman.

Montreal Canadiens' head coach Michel Therrien calls back the goalie in the final minutes of third period NHL hockey action against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Montreal, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. The Blue Jackets beat the Habs 5-2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Michel Therrien calls back the goalie in the final minutes of third period NHL hockey action against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Montreal, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. The Blue Jackets beat the Habs 5-2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Now, let’s come back to Montreal. Price gets injured. Mike Condon steps in, and let’s be honest, he did a great job with the Habs at the beginning. But it was good to get Price back in nets… for only a game. He re-aggravates his injury and it goes all downhill from there, as you all know too well by now. So much for not being a one-man team. The Habs are no longer the team sitting on top of the league. Currently, they are the team 3 points out of a wildcard spot. As we speak, they are the team whose GM, Marc Bergevin, has failed to inspire any confidence in his fans. He, and the team, have adopted a losing attitude. And, as Eric Engels put it, the Habs cannot afford to have this negative perspective, especially when there’s still over two months of hockey yet to be played.

Which brings me back to John Scott. This guy has had his own team tell him that he shouldn’t go to the All-Star Game, that it was not a good idea. The NHL hated the idea of John Scott in an All-Star jersey in Nashville. They tried everything to shoot him down, to discourage him from playing in this weekend’s festivities. A trade sending him to Montreal was, speculatively, a plan to kill any chance of him attending the game. And yet, in the end, all the NHL did was shoot themselves in the foot. They looked like fools. John Scott held his ground. He stayed true to himself. He earned respect from players all around the league. John Scott was in a losing situation, but kept his head held high. If any of you haven’t read his account in the Players’ Tribune, do yourselves a favour and read it now.

The Habs need to learn from Scott. In what looked like a losing battle, John Scott came out victorious. The hockey season isn’t over. Much like you, I have a hard time picturing the Habs get out of this mess. But there’s still hope. There’s still some time left. And, as the saying goes: “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”.

So, sit back, relax, and watch John Scott at the All-Star Game and try to take your mind off the Habs for a few days. He’ll for sure crack a smile on any bitter Habs fans face.

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