Rob Scuderi is heading home.
The veteran defenseman — who spent his first five NHL seasons in Pittsburgh — has signed with the Penguins on a four-year, $13.5 million deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Scuderi will carry an average annual cap hit of $3.375 million.
The deal is remarkably similar to the one Scuderi signed with the Kings in 2009 (four years, $13.6 million), but the investment is probably worth it to Pittsburgh, a club that’s struggled defensively at times and could certainly use Scuderi’s stay-at-home presence.
The former Boston College standout has won two Stanley Cups since 2009 — one with Pittsburgh, one with Los Angeles — and has proven to be an effective player in the postseason, thanks in large part to his shot-blocking and defensive responsibility.
He averaged over 23 minutes per game as the Kings advanced to the Western Conference finals this season — a career-high for ice time — and finished with a solid plus-9 rating.
As for “The Piece” thing — read here.
With the move, the Penguins now have less than $1 million in available cap space, and will be hard pressed to sign any other significant free agents.
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”