The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed former Boston College blueliner Rob Scuderi to a four-year contract per an announcement from executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. The deal goes through the 2016-17 season and pays an average of $3.375 million. Scuderi getting paid, son.
This will be the defenseman's second stint with the Pens, having previously played for the organization from 2003-09. Scuderi, who has spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, has his name on two of Lord Stanley's Cups -- 2009 with the Penguins and three years later with the Kings.
In a career of eight-plus NHL seasons with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, Scuderi has played in 585 career regular-season games, totaling 86 points (7G-79A) and a plus-17 rating. He has 14 points (1G-13A) and a plus-22 rating in 99 career postseason contests.
Originally drafted by the Penguins in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, Scuderi was a four-year letterwinner with the Eagles from 1997-2001. The blueliner was an integral part of an Eagles team that appeared in four Frozen Fours from 1997-2001 and finally broke through to win the 2001 NCAA National Championship over North Dakota in OT.
Scuderi is reunited with another defenseman that featured prominently on that 2001 title team, Brooks Orpik.
The BC ties run deep in Pittsburgh and go well past just Scuderi and Orpik. Former Eagle Bill Guerin is now in the organization's front office as a Player Development Coach, while Brian Gibbons (2007-11), Brian Dumoulin (2009-12) and Phillip Samuelsson (2009-11) are all down in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with the Pens' AHL affiliate.
Best of luck to Scuderi in Pittsburgh.
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