The Canadiens GM made a very strange statement about the John Scott trade
When Pacific Division All-Star captain John Scott was traded by the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens last Friday, there was a lot of speculation that the NHL somehow forced the trade in an attempt to prevent Scott — a long-time depth player with negligible numbers — from playing in the All-Star Game. NHL fans and writer reacted angrily to the Scott trade on social media and denounced the NHL’s perceived efforts to deny Scott, a fan-voted captain, from fulfilling the honor bestowed on him by the fans.
On Tuesday, however, the NHL saved face when it announced Scott would serve as the Pacific Division captain after all. Still, the trade to the Canadiens has gone unexplained, and Montreal GM Marc Bergevin did not help dispel rumors of ulterior motives when he made a strange statement about trading prospect Jarred Tinordi to Arizona for John Scott during a media availability on Thursday.
“The timing, that was the timing to make the trade with John Scott,” Bergevin told reporters. “That has nothing to do with the Montreal Canadiens with the All-Star Game. I made a trade that at the time, I had to make that trade. I have a reason that I can't really tell you why, but if I could, you would probably understand.”Article continues below ...
Ah yes. The old "I can’t tell you why, but if I could tell you why, you’d get it" line. Bergevin’s undisclosed reasons for the trade could have nothing to do with John Scott and the All-Star Game, or it could have everything to do with it. Bergevin’s statement is worded well enough that it is impossible to guess what he means by it or to what exactly he is referring.
So it seems we might never find out what happened behind the scenes with John Scott and the NHL, but the entire affair is just another reason for hockey fans who are already judgmental of the legitimacy of the All-Star Game to refuse to take the event seriously.
Arielle Aronson writes about the NHL for FOX Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @aharonson28.