Arizona Coyotes tough guy John Scott, voted as one of four captains for the NHL All-Star game, was sent to Springfield of the AHL on Wednesday after clearing waivers earlier this season.
The Coyotes sent Scott down to make room on their roster for defenseman Kevin Connauton, who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jackets.
Arizona coach Dave Tippett said Scott will likely be back with the Coyotes in the next couple of days, allowing him to participate in the Jan. 31 All-Star game in Nashville.
The NHL reformatted its All-Star game this season, with one player from each division selected by fan voting to lead a team in the 3-on-3 game.
A fan campaign for Scott began at the start of voting and gained steam until he ended up becoming a captain with Florida's Jaromir Jagr, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Chicago's Patrick Kane.