"I want to take a picture of you guys," Scott said Friday at Bridgestone Arena. "Don't leave at the end of this."
When Scott had answered the final question, he pulled out his cellphone and took aim.
"All right, don't move," the former Blackhawks defenseman said. "Everyone smile."
With the image captured, Scott thanked reporters and said, "Very cool."
After some trying times following fans voting him captain of the Pacific Division for Sunday's game, everything is indeed suddenly "very cool" for Scott. It has been a whirlwind for the 33-year-old journeyman since he was voted in despite having played only 11 games with the Coyotes and recording one assist.
Amid an outcry from some about the selection of the NHL's last true enforcer who saw limited playing time, Scott was traded to the Canadiens and then promptly assigned to their AHL affiliate in Newfoundland. After it initially appeared Scott no longer would be eligible to participate in the All-Star Game, the league approved it.
The drama didn't end there. Scott wrote an article in The Players' Tribune on Thursday claiming the NHL had urged him not to participate. That only cemented Scott's resolve and led to a meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday night.
"We just had a quick talk because I think he was worried about me not feeling welcome here and me just kind of being uncomfortable with this whole situation," Scott said.
"(Bettman) said: 'We're happy you're here. We wanted you to be here. Just go and have fun. You know our support is behind you.'
"It was nice to hear that coming from him because there was a time when I was not really sure how the league felt. But he kind of put those thoughts at rest."
That aside, Scott has become the star of the All-Stars — at least off the ice. After the photo with reporters, he handed over his phone and posed under the sign bearing his name and the All-Star Game logo. Scott said he planned to have fellow All-Star Jaromir Jagr sign a sweater and looked forward to exchanging sticks with some of the NHL's elite players.
"It's nice to get all the outside noise to go away and just start focusing on having fun and playing in the All-Star Game," Scott said. "When this whole thing started I got negative and positive feedback, so it's nice everyone has put that aside and just realized it's going to happen and let's … make the best of it and have a good time."
It is quite a reversal for Scott, whose life has been in turmoil since the fan vote was completed.
"It has been difficult … being traded and sent down and back and forth and then with my family — my wife is pregnant (with twins) and expecting in a week or so," Scott said. "(But it's) nice (now) to enjoy the fruits of all the hardship we dealt with."
Throughout the process, Scott had the backing of fellow players, including those gathered in Nashville.
"It's great," he said. "I was nervous to be around these superstars. I'm still kind of a fan at heart when you meet these guys, (so) it's nice to hear they're excited to see me here. That means a lot, more than anything."
The affable veteran now is having fun with the whole situation.
When asked what will be next for him, he exclaimed, "I'm going back to Newfoundland!"
Then he added: "It's definitely strange. You go in the locker room and everyone has their NHL logo on their helmets. (and) they threw the NHL logo on mine. It's always there (that) you're not in the NHL anymore. (The All-Star Game) is neat, though. I'm not used to all this (media) scrum and stuff. I'm going to enjoy it and then go back to the real world."