For the second time in their careers, defensemen Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang are reunited once again on the Pittsburgh Penguins after Scuderi signed a four-year deal with the Pens last Friday. This could mean that Letang and Scuderi could become a defensive pairing in the upcoming season.
There a couple reasons why they should be a pair. The first is because they are both effective defensemen. When Scuderi won the Stanley Cup with the Pens in 2009, he contributed a lot to the run. For example, in Game 6 of the Cup Final, if Scuderi would not have blocked the two shots with his leg in the final seconds, the Penguins would not have forced Game 7. Letang could help him out with his speed, agility and skill.
The other reason why they should be together is so Scuderi can help out Letang. In this year’s Eastern Conference final against Boston, Letang was horrific. He turned the puck over too much in that series – and in the playoffs in general – which may have cost the Penguins several goals against. Scuderi can make sure that Letang does not turn the puck over a lot and makes the right choices in the defensive zone.
Will the Penguins put these two together as a combination? Dan Bylsma reportedly likes the idea, but we will see what happens in training camp.