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John Scott gives insight into his All-Star saga

John Scott gives insight into his All-Star saga

Tough guy John Scott, who was elected to the NHL’s All-Star game as a snarky joke but handled a potentially awkward situation with uncommon grace, gave some insight to the Players’ Tribune website into what happened and how the NHL tried to discourage him from accepting the All-Star honor.

Scott was elected the captain of the Pacific Division team and was asked by both the NHL and the Arizona Coyotes to withdraw from the game. He declined. Soon afterward, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, who promptly sent him to their minor league team in Newfoundland.

That cast doubt over whether he would be...