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‘The Piece’ returns: Scuderi, Pittsburgh agree to four-year, $13.5M deal

Jul 5, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

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Rob Scuderi is heading home.

The veteran defenseman — who spent his first five NHL seasons in Pittsburgh — has signed with the Penguins on a four-year, $13.5 million deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Scuderi will carry an average annual cap hit of $3.375 million.

The deal is remarkably similar to the one Scuderi signed with the Kings in 2009 (four years, $13.6 million), but the investment is probably worth it to Pittsburgh, a club that’s struggled defensively at times and could certainly use Scuderi’s stay-at-home presence.

The former Boston College standout has won two Stanley Cups since 2009 — one with Pittsburgh, one with Los Angeles — and has proven to be an effective player in the postseason, thanks in large part to his shot-blocking and defensive responsibility.

He averaged over 23 minutes per game as the Kings advanced to the Western Conference finals this season — a career-high for ice time — and finished with a solid plus-9 rating.

As for “The Piece” thing — read here.

With the move, the Penguins now have less than $1 million in available cap space, and will be hard pressed to sign any other significant free agents.

  1. jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Yep…already commented this exact signing in Comments for the Horton deal with CBJ….seeing as how my ability to comment in the 2013 Free Agent Tracker thread was disabled by someone at PHT.

    Sour grapes methinks.

    • Mike Halford - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      i think you’re posting too much in one section, and the spam filter has flagged it. We’re definitely not blocking you.

    • loinstache - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Grats on sitting on your ass staring at twitter, we’re all floored by your raw journalistic abilities.

      • usg1 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        LMAO

      • jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        And f**ck you too, d0uchebag

      • jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        loinstache:

        I’m trying to feed the news to PHT users as quickly as possible – that’s all I’m attempting to do.

        I’m doing more sitting on my a$$ over here re-posting the news than you are sitting on your a$$ doing nothing but taking nasty shots at other users and initiating provocation with people.

        So your contributions, frankly, are of zero net return.

        I repeat – since you started this s**t – go f**k yourself, d0uchebag.

      • jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        FYI – thanks Mike for clearing that up.

  2. steelers88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Finally a stay at home Defenseman!

    • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Ok, and I love the signing. But they need to get rid of Niskanen then, Engelland can stay his last year as D#7. But they can’t limit Despres’ (and Bortuzzo’s, for that matter) development with this signing. They need to move Niskanen now, and Martin next year before Letang’s contract kicks in. But moving Martin next year means Despres plays ALL YEAR.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        scuderi just replaces murray. niskanen is around for another year at least. it doesnt really change much, despres/bortuzzo/engelland as the 6th guy should still be getting plenty of games throughout the year. competition is a good thing, so are options back there.

  3. hockeyfan28 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Robs a solid player but man Pitts salary structure the next few years is going to require a bunch of guys taking huge discounts to fill out the roster

    • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Agreed, on the surface anyway. They need to move Niskanen this year and Martin after next year to make it work. Moving Martin means Despres has to play SIGNIFICANT minutes this year to develop. Bortuzzo too.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Completely agree hockey412!

      I’m just enjoying the fact that “the piece” is back.

  4. chazxcore - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I hate Pittsburgh but this is a excellent signing for them.

  5. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Always loved him! He’s a great shutdown guy that will sit his butt on the blueline which is just what the Pens need to get some consistency to their d core. Not a lot of flash, but he holds down his role well. Glad to see him back!!

  6. jaybaileys - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Awesome Love Scuds!

  7. burgh916 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I LOVE this move, one of my favs. Such a solid player that does his job exceptionally well.

  8. pensman29 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    That could be an anti spam blocker doing something cause u were posting a lot.

  9. theageofquarrel - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    The Piece Returns

  10. jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Flyers sign Yann Danis to 1 year contract (2 way deal)….likely an Adirondack play

    • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Thanks for the head’s up.

  11. live4hockey - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!

  12. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Good pickup for Pittsburgh. Don’t know how this will impact the salary structure in the future but this is what the Pens need. Can’t wait for the first Flyers-Pens matchup of the season.

  13. Habib Marwan - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    huge pick up for the pens with that defense being targeted and exposed the last 2 years in the playoffs

  14. jpdoc26 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I love how everyone is getting their panties in a bunch about the cap situation. I think Ray Shero; you know the guy who just won GM of the year and has Stanley Cup to his name, has a plan of attack. Great signing. Exactly the type of player they needed.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I think the Flyers fans, atleast, are just returning the favor for everyone harping on them for their cap situation. The Pens still have a quality team but you gotta admit the cap situation isn’t as rosy as it was a year ago. They re-upped their 3 biggest stars to HUGE deals (plus Neal, Kunitz, and Dupuis) and that leaves everyone else fighting over the scraps.

      • m1k3g - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        So how IS that Pronger deal working out, by the way? What about Bryzgalov?

        I do understand where the comparisons would come from, but it’s not quite apples to apples. Shero is doing what he can to keep together the core of a team that won a Cup. Granted, it’s been a few years now but all of these guys are still relatively young, in-their-prime players.

        He’s not just playing fantasy hockey like Sather or Holmgren.

      • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        I agree and disagree…agree that the cap situation means there’s some wrestling to do for this year and potentially next, but that doesn’t kick in until next year. Crosby didn’t cost anything extra, Malkin cost less than a million/year more than he has. Letang’s contract is the kicker, and that’s next year. This year is just an anomoly (I keep telling myself), the cap will go up next year.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Well Pronger’s on LTIR and Bryz is off the books, so it’s about as good as it could be. I understand Shero is doing what he has to keep his talented core together. However, that doesn’t change the reality that their cap space is dwindling. The Pens are still a top team in this league but now they will have some tough decisions over the next few years.

        And Holmgren has actually done a good job, IMO, this offseason. He added two building block defenders in Morin and Hagg, who could fit right in with the young core. He picked up size and skill down the middle with Lecavalier, whose contract looks like a bargain compared to some of the deals handed out today (*ahem* Clarkson). You can discount Streit but he brings a puck moving aspect they sorely lacked last season. And Emery is an excellent addition. He costs almost nothing and provides insurance for Mason. I expect Mason to win the job, but if he doesn’t they still have Razor (and Yann Denis in the AHL). Both the Pens and Flyers will be in the playoffs this season. And Holmgren might not even be done.

      • m1k3g - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Shero has decisions to make? Like if he wants maple or glazed doughnuts tomorrow? Sure, they’re up against the cap, but they’re solid :

        Crosby
        Malkin
        Neal
        Kunitz
        Dupuis
        Letang
        Scuderi

        Are all locked up for what, 3 years at minimum? Any of those guys could be first liners on almost any NHL club.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Like who his starting goaltender is gonna be? Is he really gonna keep relying on Fleury at $5mil a year? How he’s gonna fill out the bottom-6 forwards and his defense? Whether to bring back Paul Martin? If he keep that Letang contract a few years down the road, when his young defenders and Beau Bennett come off their ELCs?

        Those are a few of the questions Shero will have to face. And what if Neal, Dupuis, or Kunitz start underperforming for their contracts? Or even Malkin and Letang? You can dismiss them as choosing “maple or glazed doughnuts” but those are all legitimate concerns.

      • m1k3g - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        The goaltending question is the only really legitimate concern (and one a certain other PA-based team has too, I might add). If your GM is paying 3rd/4th liners $4M a year, he’s doing it wrong.

        You guys gave Talbot what, $5M/year? Sure, he’s a great role player, but that’s pretty much what we’re paying James Neal. You gonna try to tell me that as a flyers fan, you wouldn’t take that swap straight up?

        Look, all I’m saying is that as a penguins fan, I have a great amount of trust in Ray Shero.

        ….and as a flyers fan, have fun thinking about how, until 2025 every time you spend money on anything with a flyers logo on it, a small portion of that is going to Ilya Bryzgalov.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        Haha 1.75 for Talbot. Which is actually a huge bargain when you consider what he gives and that similar players are getting about 2.5 around the league. Pens fans know how valuable Talbot can be. Other than that the Flyers aren’t overpaying any bottom-6 forwards. Even Hartnell (4.75) looks like a complete bargain compared to the likes of Clarkson (7yrs 36mil).

        I can understand that Pens fans believe Shero is a genius, I’m just saying the reality is you’re paying a HUGE amount of cap space to 5 or 6 players. It’s not Shero’s fault, hes just keeping his core together. But it’s not ideal. And I’m not saying the Flyers are in better shape, bc Holmgren will have tough decisions soon. Neither Pennsylvania teams have a ton of free space. We both have legitimate concerns, but for right now, both the Flyers and Pens will field deep rosters.

        And I’m okay with paying Bryz. It’s worth it not to see his slow post-to-post speed and usual soft goals at crucial moments.

      • bauxjangles - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Comparing the cap situation between the flyers and pens isnt even close to apples-apples. While pittsburgh has to budget wisely, they have a stacked deck to show for it. Who does philly have that can match skill with the best of the pens? I like both teams equally but c’mon, a flyers fan laughing at pittsburgh’s cap situation is doing so just for rivalry’s sake.

  15. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Does Pittsburgh have unlimited salary cap lol? How can they afford all these contracts lol?

    • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      They have a secret deal with Bettman where they get twice the amount of cap space as the other 29 teams. You should check it out on capgeek.

  16. jimw81 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    on downside of his career. flyers are going to trade for a defenseman.

    • miketoasty - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Didn’t the Flyers just give a 35 year old defenseman a four year, 21M$ contract? Seems like a steal for a younger, more defensively minded defenseman if you ask me.

  17. aldog83 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Thanks to Rob Scuderi.

    LA KIngs fans.

    Kings made playoffs All 4 years he was there.

    Helping us to a Stanley Cup and a Western Conference Final.

    Sad to see you go.

  18. pirovash88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    As a Kings’ fan, this seriously sucks..

    • aldog83 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Hope our young defensemen learned as much as they could from Scuderi

      Not having him back there will take away from guys like Voynov and Muzzin jumping up on the offensive rush.

      ugh.

      (hope Matt Greene Healthy and Willie Mitchell can comeback and help in the Veteran example role)

  19. stakex - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    This is a good move for the Pens since defense is what they really need. The problem?

    The Pens now have less then $12 million in cap space in 2014-15 to sign at least 12 players. That’s just jaw dropping. Even if they were to get rid of Martin, which seems the likely move to free cap space, they still would have a huge cap crisis next summer. I guess they are banking on the cap going through the roof next year, but it would have to jump big time in order to make a difference for the Pens.

    • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      You never quit. The cap really is projected to be back at what it was (the ‘allowable’ amount) this year. And will continue to rise. The Martin contract would add another $5M, yes. So, where’s the “crisis”? Who’s ending next year that will demand a big payday? There are a lot of entry level contracts that will be getting their shot, a lot of bridge contracts for Despres, Bennett, etc over the next several years. But where’s the crisis?

      I understand your fascination with the Pens, and yep cap room for THIS YEAR is tight and we all know there will be a move made, it doesn’t take you to tell anyone that. But you’ve been spreading your doomsday prophecy for what, three days now? But I can’t quite tell what players that have contracts expiring that you’re foreseeing as a ‘crisis’?

      I don’t think you know of any. I think you’re banking on your gut that “wow…paying a lot for three players…that has to be a crisis…” but it’s childish, and not true.

  20. laxman1944 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    The Best move of Pitts off season……Period

  21. Stiller43 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    The piece baby!!! Woo!!

  22. gauchomvp - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Thanks Rob and best with the Pens! Too long a contract to give to someone who will be 35 in my opinion but I hope he does great for the duration of his deal. To everyone who just rips on other fan bases and people, you need something real in your life to care about, friends/family/children. Sadly putting people down brings some people up, bring positivity to the world, not hate – #lowlifes

  23. 2dmo4 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Damn, I wanted the Wings to somehow get this guy.

  24. ironman721 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    1st signing since Malkin that I like! Somebody has got to go.

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