Blackhawks sign free agent D John Scott

CHICAGO (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent defenseman John Scott to a two-year contract.

The 6-foot-8, 258-pound Scott played in 51 games for the Minnesota Wild last season with a goal and an assist, along with 90 penalty minutes. He played 20 games for the Wild the previous season with one assist.

Scott was signed by the Wild as a free agent on Dec. 31, 2006.

His signing comes during a busy period for the Blackhawks, who have made several trades forced by the salary cap. They have traded Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Colin Fraser, while free agent Adam Burish signed with Dallas.