Three former Eagles are on the move following the NHL trade deadline. Rob Scuderi, Ben Smith, and John Muse all seem to be heading to teams that will utilize them better, so Eagles fans should be pleased with the moves.
Rob Scuderi was traded from Chicago to LA this weekend. Scuderi spent the bulk of his career with the Penguins organization before joining LA in 2009. He stayed with the Kings through the end of the 2013 season, at which point he rejoined the Penguins. Scuderi was traded to Chicago earlier this season, after spending a handful of games as a healthy scratch for Pittsburgh. Upon arriving in Chicago, Scuderi found himself splitting time with other players, resulting in a lot of healthy scratches. He cleared waivers and played 3 games for the AHL Rockford IceHogs before being traded to LA. Scuderi has played two games for LA since returning, and has already picked up an assist. LA will be paying only a chunk of Scuderi's salary, as Pittsburgh retained a third in the trade to Chicago, and Chicago retained half of the remainder in the trade to LA.
Ben Smith was traded from San Jose to Toronto. Smith has spent most of this season recovering from a concussion, and played only 6 games for the Sharks. After clearing waivers, Smith joined the AHL's San Jose Barracuda. In 14 games with the Barracuda, Smith scored 8 goals and recorded 3 assists. Before being traded to the Sharks in the 2014-15 season, Smith split his pro career between the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs. Smith was originally assigned to the Toronto Marlies following this weekend's trade, but he was recalled by Toronto this morning. The Maple Leafs play at 7:30 PM tonight, and Smith could very well be in the lineup.
John Muse was traded from the Texas Stars to the Charlotte Checkers. With the exception of one game with the Portland Pirates, Muse has spent most of his career with the Checkers and their ECHL affiliates. He joined the Texas Stars for the 2015-16 season, and played in 19 games for them. The Checkers traded goalie Drew MacIntyre to Chicago earlier today, and they'll be glad to have Muse back. Muse is the all-time leader in wins for Charlotte with 54, as well as in games played by a goalie with 107. Muse played backup to MacIntyre last season, so it will be interesting to see if he can regain Charlotte's starter position following MacIntyre's departure.