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Shero admits it was a mistake to let Scuderi go to Kings

Jul 5, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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The last time Rob Scuderi suited up for the Pittsburgh Penguins — on June 12, 2009, in Detroit — he got to celebrate a Stanley Cup championship after the game.

Today — after four seasons and another Cup title in Los Angeles — the Pens brought him back, signing the 34-year-old to a four-year, $13.5 million deal.

According to general manager Ray Shero, Scuderi should never have been allowed to get away in the first place.

“It was a mistake to let Scuderi go on my part,” said Shero. “To have the chance at a do-over and bring Rob back, I think that’s a good day for us.”

Back in Pittsburgh, it’s hoped Scuderi can help stabilize a roster that’s loaded with offensive weapons like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, but has at times been vulnerable defensively.

“I wanted to make sure they remembered who I was, how I played and if they expected anything else,” Scuderi said today, per the Tribune-Review. “The most important thing to me was the fit, and Ray said he knew exactly what I was, and they planned to use me the same way.”

  1. kingsforever - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Never had his heart here, he was always a Penguin

    • pirovash88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Wtf are you talking about? He was the only defense-men we had that did his damn job here in L.A. He was always there to back Doughty whenever he made a reckless move and helped Quick out a lot. Scudds was very much a King when he was here. Best of luck to him in Pittsburgh, Scudds is a class act.

  2. killerpgh - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Should make the perfect partner for Letang. One steady defensive defenseman paired up with a risk taking offensive defenseman.

  3. Tyler - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Scuderi (and to a lesser extent Hal Gill) were the pieces that Shero never replaced after they both left following the 08-09 season. I am thrilled he’s back.

    What I find interesting is this: In the past, Shero has been reluctant to offer long deals to players on the wrong side of 30.

    Kunitz will be 34 in September and signed a 3-year extension.
    Dupuis is 34 and signed a 4-year deal.
    Scuderi is 34 (35 in Dec.) and signed a 4-year deal.

    I’m just hoping their bodies stand the test of time. If they can keep both a young core and a veteran core together (and healthy) for several years, this could be a very fun team to watch.

    • bardown66 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      dupuis and scuds are supposedly work out fiends. they should be fine.

  4. steelers88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I love bringing back Scuderi! This should make Letang even better offensively now that he has a security blanket to make up for Letang’s mistakes.

  5. bardown66 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Its been said a thousand times already but i love this deal. scuds is a heart and soul guy with great talent. He was the second or third biggest piece in the cup run. malkin/crosby were terrific and so was fleury. Sepaking of fleury, he may be jumping for joy knowing he is coming back. SCUDS IS BACK BABY

  6. pirovash88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Such a sad day in L.A. We lost a great player, best of luck to him in Pittsburgh.

  7. qauzaq - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    One of my favorite Kings and always will be. Its no accident that LA started making the playoffs after signing him. I would have given almost anything to keep him. I wish him the best of luck going forward because he truly is a great guy and player.

  8. ironman721 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    This is what the Pens needed. Tip of the cap to the LA fans on here. Class acts all around.

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