Earlier this summer, San Jose Sharks general manager informed free agents Matt Irwin and John Scott that the club would not be offering them new contracts for the coming year, freeing them to find other teams in the NHL. On Friday, both players found new homes.
Defenseman Irwin signed a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins, worth a reported $800,000. Scott, on the other hand, stayed within the Pacific Division, inking a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes. Terms of Scott’s new deal were not released by the club.
Irwin, 27, played three seasons with the Sharks on the blue line, appearing in 153 games and compiling a plus-7 rating on the plus/minus. Playing with an offensive flair, Irwin scored 16 goals and 35 assists in his time in teal, and regularly saw playing time on the second power play unit.
Irwin will be experiencing a bit of a homecoming of sorts once training camp starts. He spent two years at the University of Massachusetts, and followed that with parts of fours seasons with the Sharks’ AHL-affiliate Worcester.
Scott, was brought to the Sharks just a year ago to add a degree of physicality, and serve as a bodyguard to the likes of forwards Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl. It was a move regularly lampooned by Sharks fans, but Scott generally accounted for himself well. He appeared in 38 games for the Sharks, scoring three even-strength goals and ending the season with a zero on the plus/minus. He even pitched in and played the final game on the blue line as the Sharks were short healthy, available defensemen.
Scott was a good interview and a funny presence in the dressing room, and will be missed by teammates and members of the media alike. With at least five games between the Sharks and Coyotes to take place over the season, we’ll soon see if Scott’s parting comments on Instagram were in jest … or not.
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