Rob Scuderi inks 4-year deal with Pens. Quick thoughts…

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Via the Penguins

Scuderi, 34, re-joins the Pittsburgh organization after spending the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. The defensive-minded blueliner originally played five-plus seasons with the Penguins between 2003-09, helping the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009.

The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Scuderi appeared in all 48 regular-season games with Los Angeles in 2012-13, tallying one goal, 11 assists and 12 points. He led the team in both blocked shots (66) and shorthanded minutes (3:13) while averaging 21:47 minutes per contest. Scuderi collected three assists and led the Kings with a plus-9 rating in 18 games during the postseason.

A couple immediate things:

1. Everything full circle back to the summer when the Penguins lost Scuderi. Here was our farewell to Scuderi. [ July 9th 2009 ]

2. Shero's quote when they lost Scuderi:

"When I first got here and found out he had a one-way contract, I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' " Shero said. "But he just kept improving. Now, I wish I had signed him for three years instead of two [after the '06-'07 season for a $1.425 million]."

3. A lot of thoughts that this deal will mean Niskanen could be the odd man out. He has one-year left on his deal. He makes 2.3 million. We would hate to see Niskanen go, but at this point it may make the most sense.

4. How slow is Scuderi going to be when he is 38? Yikes. One thing we've always thought about. The save Fleury made on A.O. in Game 7. On that play Scuderi got toasted.  If Fleury doesn't make that save, and the Pens lose that game, who knows what happens.

5. The difference between three million in LA and three million in Pittsburgh? Huge.

6. Overall good signing, but the years, only based on the fact Scuderi may wear down is a concern.