Just days after being named the Pacific Division captain for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, forward John Scott has been sent to the minors by the Arizona Coyotes.
Well, this is embarrassing.
The team was forced into making a move after claiming defenseman Kevin Connauton on waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Scott, who has played in just 11 games this season for the Coyotes and hasn't appeared since being voted into the All-Star Game by fans on Jan. 2, was the obvious choice for demotion.
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett promised that Scott would be recalled before the big game, set for Jan. 31 in Nashville, but the team's decision is still a black eye for the NHL, which already has promised to change All-Star voting procedures after the pugilist was elected on the strength of internet gag.
Scott has averaged 6:18 through his 11 appearances this season and has one assist.
Although he's been assigned to Springfield of the AHL, he may not end up skating there, either. Scott's wife is expecting twins, so he's being given a few days to report by the team. If other roster moves are made, he could be back on Arizona's roster as soon as Friday.