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Kings Sign Scuderi for Four Years

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with free agent defenseman and 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Rob Scuderi, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.  Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

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For video interviews with Kings Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall (click here) and Kings Pro Scout Rob Laird (click here).  For a Q & A with Scuderi, click here.

Scuderi, 30, led the Pittsburgh Penguins with a plus-23 rating, while tallying a career-high 16 points (1-15=16) and 18 penalty minutes.  He also logged a career-high 81 regular season games played this past season.  The blue-liner also led his team with 164 blocked shots and an average of 3:47 of short-handed ice time for the Penguins, who finished eighth in the NHL on the penalty kill (82.7 percent).  During the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, Scuderi added five points (1-4=5) and six penalty minutes in 24 postseason games while logging an average of 20:29 of ice time per game (second among D-men, fourth overall).  He also assisted on the game-winning goal in Game 7 against Detroit, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. 

The 6-0, 218-pound defenseman played parts of five seasons with Pittsburgh, collecting 39 points (3-36=39) and 112 penalty minutes in 300 career NHL games.  Scuderi has also recorded eight points (1-7=8) and 10 penalty minutes in 49 playoff appearances – all with Pittsburgh - including 13 games during two Stanley Cup Finals appearances (2009 and 2008).

Kings fans can meet Scuderi for the first time and the rest of the 2009-10 Kings at LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, to be held August 28-30 at LA Live.  

Scuderi also played parts of five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording 88 points (8-80=88) and 206 penalty minutes in 305 regular season games.  He also recorded seven points (2-5=7) in 41 playoff games with the Baby Penguins, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals during the 2003-04 season.

Prior to entering the pro ranks in 2001, Scuderi completed four seasons at Boston College (H-East) where he finished as the school’s all-time games played leader (168 career games played).  He helped lead Boston College to a NCAA Championship during the 2000-01 season and was named to the All-Tournament Team. 

The Syosset, New York native, who earlier this week was invited to attend the 2009 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp (August 17-19 in Woodbridge, Illinois), was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (134th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1995-1996 New York Apple Core  MtJHL   76 18 60 78              
1996-1997 New York Apple Core  MtJHL   82 42 70 112   64          
1997-1998 Boston College Eagles  H-East   42 0 24 24   12          
1998-1999 Boston College Eagles  H-East   41 2 8 10   20          
1999-2000 Boston College Eagles  H-East   42 1 12 13   22          
2000-2001 Boston College Eagles  H-East   43 4 19 23   42          
2001-2002 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens  AHL   75 1 22 23   66          
2002-2003 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens  AHL   74 4 17 21 5 44 2 0 2 98 4.1
2003-2004 Penguins   13 1 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 4 25.0
2003-2004 Wilkes-Barre Penguins  AHL   64 1 15 16 1 54 0 0 0    
2004-2005 Wilkes-Barre Penguins  AHL   79 2 18 20 15 34 0 0 0    
2005-2006 Penguins   57 0 4 4 -18 36 0 0 0 28 0.0
2005-2006 Wilkes-Barre Penguins  AHL   13 0 8 8 11 8 0 0 0    
2006-2007 Penguins   78 1 10 11 3 28 0 0 0 31 3.2
2007-2008 Penguins   71 0 5 5 3 26 0 0 0 28 0.0
2008-2009 Penguins   81 1 15 16 23 18 0 0 0 51 2.0
NHL Totals:   300 3 36 39 13 112 0 0 0 142 2.1
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens  AHL   6 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 4 0.0
2003-2004 Wilkes-Barre Penguins  AHL   24 0 3 3 -4 14 0 0 0    
2004-2005 Wilkes-Barre Penguins  AHL   11 2 1 3 -3 2 1 0 0    
2005-2006 Wilkes-Barre Penguins  AHL                        
2006-2007 Penguins   5 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0
2007-2008 Penguins   20 0 3 3 5 2 0 0 0 4 0.0
2008-2009 Penguins   24 1 4 5 5 6 0 0 0 8 12.5
NHL Totals:   49 1 7 8 9 10 0 0 0 12 8.3
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