Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced today that they have signed defenseman Rob Scuderi to a four-year, $13.5 million contract. The deal runs through the 2016-17 campaign, and has an average annual cap value of $3.375 million.
Scuderi, 34, comes back to the Black and Gold after spending the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. The tough blueliner originally played five-plus campaigns with the Pens between 2003 to 2009, helping the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009. He helped the Kings to a Stanley Cup championship in 2012.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound native of Syosset, New York appeared in all 48 regular-season games with Los Angeles in 2012-2013, putting up one goal, 11 assists and 12 points. He led the team in both blocked shots with 66 and shorthanded minutes with 3:13 while averaging 21:47 minutes per game. Scuderi contributed three assists and led the Kings with a plus-9 rating in 18 games during the postseason.
In his eight-plus NHL seasons with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, Scuderi has played in 585 career regular-season games, totaling 86 points – seven goals and 79 assists.He has 14 points, one goal and 13 assists, in 99 career postseason games.
Shero began at noon on Friday with about $4.1 million in cap space for the roster, but clubs can be up to 10-percent over that allotment in the summer, per terms of the NHL’s labor agreement. The cap, it has been reported, does not need to be set until the regular season.