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Penguins’ Scuderi not worried about criticism

May 10, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

Rob Scuderi is hearing it in Pittsburgh. The Penguins’ veteran defenseman has drawn the ire of criticism from fans and media for his performance in these Stanley Cup playoffs.

Now, it’s fair to say the entire Penguins team should be put in the spotlight for their effort in a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday. As a result, the series was extended to a sixth game. The Penguins failed this time in an opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

Scuderi, 35, brings a wealth of post-season experience, having won two Stanley Cups – once with Pittsburgh and once with L.A.

“I don’t really worry about that stuff,” Scuderi told “Certainly, you want to be playing well. You want to be on top of your game, but I don’t worry about outside influences that much. I just try to do what I know has worked for me in the past and what I think will continue to bring me success in the future.”

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - May 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    He’s been terrible all year!! He’s not the Scuds that helped us in 2009 or with LA in 2012. I’d buy him out and let the younger guys take over like Borts and Pouliot in the fall.

  2. mangoman1966 - May 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    I agree. Been hearing about the young defensemen. Time to move them up very soon. We also need some secondary scoring and some muscle. In fact a lot more grit.

    • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      i like the fact that Bylsmas protects his players but lets get friggin real here.

      hes been bad all year. sometimes tough decisions need to be made but unfortunately i have less than 0 desire to put Simon Despres into the lineup.

      i know people are going to disagree with me on despres but he is not what you want to see on the ice after that game 5, in this 3-2 second round series in madison square garden.

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        be different if orpik were healthy.

      • pleasefiredan - May 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        But you’re not paying Despres 3.4 mill you’re paying him about .8 . Dumoulin can hopefully can come up next year if you don’t like Simon. Dumoulin is 6’4 219 and plays like it. Scuderi plays like he’s 5’8 and moves like he’s a sack of bricks. He spends more time laying on the ice then on his skates.

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