Reporting Bob Pompeani
PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- The Pittsburgh Penguins brought back a piece of their 2009 Stanley Cup championship team. Defenseman Rob Scuderi, who signed with Los Angeles after winning the Cup, signed a four-year contract with the Penguins on the first day of free agency.
Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review told Bob Pompeani that he was surprised by the move.
“We knew that the Penguins really loved Scuderi, they always have,” Yohe said. “Ray Shero never wanted to lose him in the first place. But strictly from a financial standpoint, you certainly can assume that Scuderi could have made more money elsewhere, and in fact I think he could have.”
Yohe added that he thinks that Pittsburgh is one of the few places where Scuderi felt comfortable playing, and that it was a fortunate turn of events for the Penguins.
With the Penguins so close to the salary cap, the club likely will need to make a trade. Pompeani asked Yohe which player might be the most likely trade candidate.
“With the depth they have, and the money that (Matt) Niskanen in particular is making, I would guess he’d be the one to go,” Yohe said.
Because of the lack of depth at forward, Yohe added that it would have to be a defenseman that’s traded.