The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman John Scott to a two-year contract.
Scott, 27, has appeared in 71 games with the Minnesota Wild over parts of the last two seasons, recording 111 penalty minutes and three points (G, 2A). The 6-foot-8, 258 pound, defenseman appeared in a career-high 51 contests with the Wild last season, tallying two points (G, A) while ranking second on the club with 90 penalty minutes. The St. Catherine's, Ontario native made his National Hockey League debut with Minnesota in 2008-09 posting one assist and 21 penalty minutes in 20 tilts.
Scott, who was signed by the Wild as a free agent on Dec. 31, 2006, has also appeared in 173 American Hockey League regular-season games with the Houston Aeros over parts of three seasons from 2006 to 2009, racking up 402 penalty minutes and 13 points (6G, 7A). He also appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff games with Houston in 2008.