PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have brought back an integral “piece” of their 2009 Stanley Cup championship team.
According to the Penguins’ official website, the team agreed to terms with 34-year-old unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi on a four-year deal. The average annual value of the deal is $3.375 million.
Scuderi’s play in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs is not lost on Penguins fans.
Perhaps the most notable moment was his kick saves in the crease behind Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals with the Penguins clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period.
Following the 2009 season, Scuderi joined up with the Los Angeles Kings via free agency. During his four-year tenure in Los Angeles, Scuderi helped the Kings capture their first Stanley Cup in 2012.
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This past season, Scuderi had one goal and 11 assists, while playing all 48 regular season games. He also led the team with 66 blocked shots. In the playoffs, Scuderi added three assists and was a plus-nine rating.
The contract will run through the 2016-17 season.
UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed veteran forward Craig Adams to a two-year deal with an average annual cap hit of $700,000.
Adams, 36, played in all 48 regular season games, where he registered three goals and six assists. He also had one assist in the playoffs.
Adams was an unrestricted free agent and this deal puts the Penguins in a position where they almost have to free up some salary cap space via trade or otherwise. The good news is that they have about three months to comply with the cap.
The Pens also signed Chris Conner, Andrew Ebbett, Bobby Farnham and Nick Drazenovic to two-way contracts.
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