Penguins Bring Back Defenseman Rob Scuderi

Friday, July 5, 2013
There were rumblings this morning from TSN's Darren Dreger that former Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi was likely heading back to Pittsburgh. Well, now it's official.

The Penguins have signed Scuderi to a 4 year deal worth $13.5 million. Scuderi, 34, appeared in 48 regular season games with the Los Angeles Kings last season, posting one goal and adding 11 assists. The Penguins didn't sign him for his offensive abilities. Scuderi brings a solid stay-at-home option for the Pens on the blue line.

The move to bring back Scuderi for 3.375 million per season brings the Penguins close to the salary cap ceiling, with just 750,000 projected room. With eight defenseman signed in the NHL and no money to spend on bottom six forwards, look for a trade to be in the works in the very near future.

A look at the organizational depth chart on defense now with Scuderi in the mix:

Paul Martin
Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi
Matt Niskanen
Simon Despres
Deryk Engelland
Robert Bortuzzo (RFA)
Brian Dumoulin
Olli Maata (NHL-only)
Scott Harrington
Derrick Pouliot (NHL-only)
Philip Samuelsson
Reid McNeill
Harrison Ruopp
Nick D'Agostino

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