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Kings ‘plug away’ on Rob Scuderi deal

Jun 26, 2013, 9:33 PM EST

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Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has generated a reputation for pulling off shrewd deals – Jonathan Quick‘s salary was $1.7 million last season, for example – but retaining underrated defenseman Rob Scuderi represents a significant challenge this summer.

Scuderi’s agent Steve Bartlett told ESPN on Wednesday that the Kings have “shown [a] strong interest in having him return,” something Lombardi made no qualms about to Frozen Royalty.

“We’re going to continue to plug away on [trying to sign Scuderi],” Lombardi said.

Securing the 34-year-old at the right price is the stumbling point.

“I think we all would love to have [Scuderi] back, but as we say, with the cap coming down, it’s all about making things fit,” Lombardi said. “It’s not about our desire to have the player. At least now, with [the Bernier trade] off our plate, and we know we’ve got a pretty good handle on our [salary cap] space—the other thing too, don’t forget, at least getting Frattin and Scrivens up, now we know the price. It also gives us a little more certainty on how aggressive we can be.”

“We know where we stand as far as other [roster] holes, which clearly define, in most cases, what we’re going to have left to get under the cap. So it’s probably fair to say that our first call will be back to Rob here this week.”

It’s tougher to put a price on a stay-at-home defenseman – especially a distinguished one such as Scuderi – but the Kings hope to find that sweet spot.

Judging by Dustin Brown still registering a mere $3.175 million salary cap in 2013-14, the Kings are generally pretty good at this sort of thing.

  1. bensawesomeness - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I’ll save you all some time.

    Philly! Detroit! Washington! New Jersey!

    • ray2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      You forgot Edmonton!

  2. laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Dare I dream……….liked him for many years now.

  3. apkyletexas - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Time to come back home to Pittsburgh, Rob, and win another cup. Wish we still had gritty guys like him and Max Talbot, instead of so many prima-donnas.

  4. withseidelinn - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    TML!!!!

  5. sassiecassie69 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    wow. only 1.7 m. for conn smythe winner quickie? what a steal! and 3.175 m. for their captain buster brown? another steal. I thought la was flush in money. they seem to be too cheap for these top players. they’re kings, not paupers. pay them what they’re worth.

    • qauzaq - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      Quickies real contract kicks in next season and brown will be due for a raise after next season. Unfortunately they wont be steals for long!

      • Anoesis - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:02 AM

        That was Quick’s salary last year. Next year it’s $7 million ($5.8M cap hit). Scuderi’s was $3.4M last year ($3.4M cap hit). That’ll go up next year.

    • ron05342 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      These are old, stale contracts that both Quick and Brown signed years ago, that O’Brien is quoting. Saying that the Kings are shrewd when it comes to present-day signing is only partially true. They did sign Quick to a long-term deal that kicks in NEXT season, so saying Quick played for peanuts the last two seasons is kind of misleading. Many are wondering if its wise to sign a goalie up to a long-term deal.

      Brown has really come into his own the last three or four seasons, so his contract was also commensurate with his level of play years ago when he signed his last one. He is definitely due for a raise as quazaq mentioned, and he will get one. The cap will definitely be strained; not sure if there really is “magic” in Lombardi’s ways to get everyone to sign.

      I doubt Scuderi resigns in L.A. The guy left a Stanley Cup champion in Pittsburgh for a team that had not even made the playoffs for eight years prior to his signing, so that should give you some insight as to his real, underlying motivations here.

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  7. kingsforever - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    He’ll sign with the Islanders

    • kvashasux - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      please, Garth. Go get’em!

  8. moarjam - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Heard from a family friend (friends with Scuds wife’s father) that his wife was not a fan of LA and wanted to come back east. If that’s actually true (who knows) than the isles look to be frontrunners.

    • ron05342 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      I heard from the mother dog of Scud’s family dog that he can’t stand the Islanders (the dog, that is). So it doesn’t look like NYI is a front-runner after all.

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