Are we perhaps ignoring the possibility #8 asked to be traded / released in order to hook on to an organization where he'd get more than 6-8 minutes ice time per game?
Or, as noted above, they wish to assign him to Rochester, pending Leino's imminent return, etc.
Personally, I've always liked his effort, energy, consistency, and occasional PK play. He has to be one of the (non-problem) players who firmly grasps that without hard work and consistent effort, daily, he doesn't dress in the NHL. So, again, as others noted, in Jedi mind-trick lingo, "he's not the underperforming Sabre you are looking for".
From a contract standpoint, his $/value is too high, but on the BUF roster, that's not an impediment unless other, much bigger moves, are looming.
Curiously, if BUF is looking to either move or assign him, then the probability of Scott dressing any given game may increase. I don't get that, as McCormick's wheels are much better than Scott's, even if his fists aren't.