Rob Scuderi is hearing it in Pittsburgh. The Penguins’ veteran defenseman has drawn the ire of criticism from fans and media for his performance in these Stanley Cup playoffs.
Now, it’s fair to say the entire Penguins team should be put in the spotlight for their effort in a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday. As a result, the series was extended to a sixth game. The Penguins failed this time in an opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference final.
Scuderi, 35, brings a wealth of post-season experience, having won two Stanley Cups – once with Pittsburgh and once with L.A.
“I don’t really worry about that stuff,” Scuderi told NHL.com. “Certainly, you want to be playing well. You want to be on top of your game, but I don’t worry about outside influences that much. I just try to do what I know has worked for me in the past and what I think will continue to bring me success in the future.”
Jakub Voracek totally understands why nobody’s expecting much from the Philadelphia Flyers. When a team finishes 14 points out of the playoffs the year before, that’s typically going to be the case.
“We weren’t good enough last year, let’s face it,” Voracek told CSN Philly.
So, no, it doesn’t upset him that the Flyers aren’t considered among the Stanley Cup favorites.
That being said, “it makes you feel you want to prove them wrong.”
The Flyers get going tonight with a tough game against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. They also play Saturday in Florida against the Panthers, before a rematch with the Panthers Monday in Philadelphia.
“My biggest concern would be getting off to a good start,” GM Ron Hextall said. “That’s one thing that we need to do.”
That’s something they didn’t do last year. In fact, they won just once in their first six games. By the end of November, they were 8-12-3 and in a big hole — one that proved too deep to climb out of.
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The Arizona Coyotes might not be using John Scott‘s services after all.
The team waived him this afternoon, per Craig Morgan. It’s possible that the Coyotes are simply giving themselves options as Scott clearing would allow them to send him down quickly at any point until he plays in 10 games or 30 days pass. At the same time, any team looking for a gritty fourth-line forward or third-pairing defenseman might be tempted to claim him in light of his affordable $575K cap hit for the 2015-16 campaign.
Scott is an imposing presence on the ice at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, but he doesn’t bring much to the table other than his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves. In terms of offensive abilities, he’s among the least capable in the league. In fact, the four points he recorded last season with the San Jose Sharks represented a career-high for the 33-year-old.
Meanwhile, Dan Cleary went unclaimed on waivers, according to Bob McKenzie, setting the stage for him to be reassigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.