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Old 07-02-2009, 04:02 PM
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Kings Ink Rob Scuderi For Four Years

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with free agent defenseman and 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Rob Scuderi, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.

Scuderi, 30, led the Pittsburgh Penguins with a plus-23 rating, while tallying a career-high 16 points (1-15=16) and 18 penalty minutes. He also logged a career-high 81 regular season games played this past season. The blue-liner also led his team with 164 blocked shots and an average of 3:47 of short-handed ice time for the Penguins, who finished eighth in the NHL on the penalty kill (82.7 percent). During the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, Scuderi added five points (1-4=5) and six penalty minutes in 24 postseason games while logging an average of 20:29 of ice time per game (second among D-men, fourth overall). He also assisted on the game-winning goal in Game 7 against Detroit, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

The 6-0, 218-pound defenseman played parts of five seasons with Pittsburgh, collecting 39 points (3-36=39) and 112 penalty minutes in 300 career NHL games. Scuderi has also recorded eight points (1-7=8) and 10 penalty minutes in 49 playoff appearances – all with Pittsburgh - including 13 games during two Stanley Cup Finals appearances (2009 and 2008).

Kings fans can meet Scuderi for the first time and the rest of the 2009-10 Kings at LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, to be held August 28-30 at LA Live.

Scuderi also played parts of five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording 88 points (8-80=88) and 206 penalty minutes in 305 regular season games. He also recorded seven points (2-5=7) in 41 playoff games with the Baby Penguins, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals during the 2003-04 season.

Prior to entering the pro ranks in 2001, Scuderi completed four seasons at Boston College (H-East) where he finished as the school’s all-time games played leader (168 career games played). He helped lead Boston College to a NCAA Championship during the 2000-01 season and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Syosset, New York native, who earlier this week was invited to attend the 2009 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp (August 17-19 in Woodbridge, Illinois), was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (134th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:06 PM
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From an email with Russo of the Trib...

4 years / $3.4 million a year
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:07 PM
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Good signing. I was wondering when LA was going to start getting some players.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:08 PM
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Apparently Orpik almost went there last summer...
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:10 PM
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Rob Scuderi is awesome. However he isn't 3.4 million a year awesome. That's just to much cash for a bottom pairing d-man.
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Apprently it was down the Kings and Wild - and for that kind of money, I'm glad it was the Kings.

He isn't what the Wild need, and definitely not at that price tag.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:16 PM
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Rob Scuderi is awesome. However he isn't 3.4 million a year awesome. That's just to much cash for a bottom pairing d-man.
exactly...most id offer is 2.5 mil. Remember he maid league minimum not to long ago and was the 7th dman.
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Apprently it was down the Kings and Wild - and for that kind of money, I'm glad it was the Kings.

He isn't what the Wild need, and definitely not at that price tag.
Heard his final 3 were dallas, La, and the pens.
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Heard his final 3 were dallas, La, and the pens.
dallas dropped last night from the hunt. they realized he wont replace zubov well enough to sign him for that price.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:40 PM
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The kings just got a great d-man. He's not a flashy player but he does his job very efficiantly. He will be missed in Pittsburgh
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this boggles the mind a bit. i guess he's plan B if Johnson decides he's too good for the team.
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Too much $$$.
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exactly...most id offer is 2.5 mil. Remember he maid league minimum not to long ago and was the 7th dman.

2 mil tops for me. As much as I love the man's game in his own end he can't make what I would call even a decent first pass. His puck moving skills are simply horrible. I hate to say that because Scuderi is an awesome bottom pairing d-man, but I think that his puck moving skills have to improve to earn that type of money.
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Just as I figured - there's no way Scuderi was going to stay here when teams were going to overpay for him. The Kings got a good D-man, but $3.4 million per season? Too much. He's not worth more than $2 million. Anyway, I'm glad he didn't go to the Rangers or Habs. Good luck Rob!
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