The Blackhawks made a trade for a much-needed defenseman at the deadline Monday, bringing in Johnny Oduya. In the process they gave up on John Scott, trading him to the New York Rangers.

“Big John” Scott is 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds and was known as one of the fiercest fighters in the NHL. Yet he was a jolly if not a gentle giant, and I know I won’t be the only one to miss him.

Scott is one of the most effective enforcers in the league, and the Hawks needed that protection for their emphasis on slighter, flashier skills players, like Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. But there was a more considered aspect to Scott, as when he was quoted last year by the Tribune as saying, “I don’t think people understand the nerves and the kind of mindset that fighters go through. I’ve stayed up nights not sleeping a wink because I know I’m going to fight someone the next day. It’s one of those situations where it’s not natural to go out and fight every day or to have that constant threat of a fight, even though it might not come.”