|Rob Scuderi (4) mobs goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 to win Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals. |
On Thursday, the Kings reached a verbal agreement with defenseman Rob Scuderi
on a four-year contract. Scuderi, Pittsburgh's 5th round choice, 134th overall, in 1998, has appeared in 300 games with the Pens, scoring 3-36=39 with 112 PIM and a plus-13 plus/minus rating while adding 1-7=8 in 49 postseason games, including 1-4=5 in 24 games to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup.
LAKings.com: Talk a little bit about your decision to join the Kings
Rob Scuderi: Well after I just won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins I was hoping to stay with Pittsburgh. But after taking a look at the Kings roster and some of the young talent they have, Los Angeles was one of my top choices. And I’m very confident in my choice that we can move ahead and become a better team.
LAKings.com: Talk a little bit about this free agent experience.
Rob Scuderi: It was a little bit crazy. I’ve never been through it myself, so it was definitely an eye-opening experience. Offers come in and go and you think you may have one, but then it’s off the table. But I was impressed with the way LA handled it. They were interested from the start and stayed with it and I enjoyed them because they felt I would fit well into their system and what they’re trying to do. Like I said, I’m happy with my decision.
LAKings.com: Tell us a little of what you know about the Kings. Most people probably know Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty. Talk about your knowledge of the team and how they’re considered a team on the rise in this league.
Rob Scuderi: Right before I agreed to the deal I was talking with Dean Lombardi and Ron Hextall. They asked me about the roster and where I thought the Kings were headed. They said they had some of the best young prospects in the league and if you’re looking for a team that’s up-and-coming, which happens quick, then LA would be the place. Once I knew that they seemed like they really knew that they were doing I was on board.