|Assets:||Keeps the game simple on most nights and has exemplary team skills. Blocks shots and is most effective in penalty-killing situations. Can shut forwards down.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't own ideal puck-moving skills for the blueline position and has limited talent, overall. Struggles when handling the puck, especially when he plays on the right side.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy veteran defensive defenseman.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2011-12 (Los Angeles), 2008-09 (Pittsburgh)|
|12/29/2013||Missed 29 games (ankle surgery).|
|11/09/2013||Ankle surgery, injured reserve.|
|10/28/2013||Fractured ankle, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/05/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a four-year contract.|
|12/07/2009||Missed 9 games (lower body injury).|
|11/16/2009||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/02/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a four-year contract.|
|1/18/2009||Missed 1 game (head injury).|
|1/16/2009||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|11/12/2008||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|3/24/2008||Missed 11 games (finger injury).|
|2/27/2008||Finger injury, day-to-day.|
|7/02/2007||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|12/13/2006||Missed 3 games (virus).|
|12/28/2005||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/22/2005||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|8/09/2005||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|9/25/2004||Signed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|3/09/2004||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/11/2004||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/30/2003||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|7/31/2003||Re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|10/05/2002||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/23/2001||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|7/05/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|7/02/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings.|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5th round (134th overall) in 1998.|
Rob Scuderi important to Pens, GM says | 06/07/2014 10:40 AM
NewsDefenseman Rob Scuderi did not enjoy a good season in 2013-14 but the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins likes him.
Impact"I know he didn't play as well here last year, but you can't always go, based on one year," he said. "Sometimes, it's one year off, and then they're back on track. He's a key factor in this."
Rob Scuderi is undefeated in Game 7s | 05/13/2014 6:28 AM
NewsRob Scuderi has never lost a Game 7.
ImpactThe Penguins have to hope that trend continues when Pittsburgh hosts the Rangers Tuesday night. Scuderi, 35, has been in three previous Game 7s. "Here's the biggest thing for us right now," Scuderi said. "We need to be confident in the game plan that our coaches give us. That's it. It's important for us to have more faith in the system that's gotten us here."
Bylsma defends Scuderi after Twitter bashing | 05/10/2014 5:40 PM
NewsCoach Dan Bylsma came to the defense of Rob Scuderi after he was criticized by former Penguins blueliner Peter Taglianetti on Twitter.
Impact"Rob has probably played some his best hockey for us in these playoffs and this year," Bylsma said. "It's a fairly unassuming type of role in how he defends and what he does for our team." Taglianetti commented that Scuderi should be moved to the press box, but the current Pittsburgh defender isn't concerned with the comment. "I don't worry about outside influences much," he said. "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."
Rob Scuderi: Penguins lack passion right now | 03/26/2014 10:37 AM
NewsRob Scuderi feels that the Pittsburgh Penguins have been lacking passion lately.
ImpactThe Penguins are 6-6-2 since the Olympic break, but the team hasn't been in any danger of losing their spot as the Metropolitan Division leaders. That might be the reason for their motivational problems, but they need to find a way to stay motivated otherwise they might end up getting upset by a hot Wild Card team that competed hard until the bitter end of the season.
Rob Scuderi struggles with timing in return | 12/30/2013 10:14 AM
NewsRob Scuderi saw 18:01 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Sunday from a fractured ankle.
ImpactHe finished the match with a minus-2 rating and he was credited with two blocked shots. "I felt OK. Conditioning, it wasn't a problem," said Scuderi, who was making his first appearance since Oct. 26. "Skating, it wasn't a problem. The only thing that's very awkward for me was just trying to get your bearings, where you're supposed to be, positioning, where the puck is. I struggled with that." He should get his timing back soon after he shakes off some rust.
Rob Scuderi returns to Penguins lineup | 12/29/2013 6:13 PM
NewsPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi is back in action against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactHe had missed 29 straight games with an ankle injury. With Kris Letang & Co. healing up, Pittsburgh's defense might be healing up as 2013 turns to 2014.
Rob Scuderi (ankle) may be back on Sunday | 12/28/2013 5:06 PM
NewsRob Scuderi (ankle) has received medical clearance and he could play as soon as Sunday evening in Columbus.
Shelly Anderson on Twitter
ImpactHe has been sidelined since Oct. 26 because of a fractured ankle. Coach Dan Bylsma expects Scuderi to play soon even if his return doesn't come on Sunday.
Rob Scuderi hopes for better test results | 12/26/2013 10:22 AM
NewsRob Scuderi had a bone scan on his fractured ankle on Wednesday.
ImpactIf the results are favorable then he's expected to resume taking full contact in practices. "I feel very good," Scuderi said. "I felt very good a couple of weeks ago. I was disappointed that the medical tests didn't turn out the way I felt. But there's nothing you can do. It's disappointing, but you roll with it. We're here again, and I'm hoping that the extra time will have paid off." He hasn't played since Oct. 26, but could be inching closer.
Rob Scuderi awaiting clearance from doctors | 12/21/2013 10:19 AM
NewsRob Scuderi (broken ankle) is waiting to get clearance from his doctors to practice.
ImpactScuderi is eager to get back into the lineup as he has missed almost two months of action since breaking his ankle on October 26. He will need a few practices once the medical staff okays his return to participate in contact and then games.
Rob Scuderi skating on his own | 12/16/2013 9:45 AM
NewsRob Scuderi (broken ankle) is skating on his own and could rejoin practice this week.
ImpactScuderi suffered the injury on October 26 and has been out ever since. He was slated to miss six-eight weeks so he is right on schedule. Scuderi is a solid defensive defenseman who has little fantasy value but he has plenty of value in real hockey. Consider him day-to-day.
Scuderi slowly progressing towards return | 11/22/2013 10:57 AM
NewsRobert Scuderi (ankle) is making slow, but steady progress.
Impact"Rob was three weeks post surgery yesterday," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said on Thursday. "He's rehabbing at a moderate rate right now. Hopefully in the next seven days or so, he'll move on to a little more rehab as he progresses." Scuderi was originally projected to miss six-to-eight weeks, which means he can't be expected to return until mid-December at the earliest.
Scuderi (ankle) still at least 4 weeks away | 11/14/2013 11:05 AM
NewsRobert Scuderi (ankle) has started to do some "minimal" rehabilitation, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
ImpactScuderi is expected to miss another four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery. He doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues, but he's solid defensively.
Robert Scuderi undergoes ankle surgery | 10/30/2013 12:27 PM
NewsRobert Scuderi has undergone surgery for his broken ankle.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactIt's still not clear how long Scuderi will be out due to the injury. He inked a four-year/$13.5 million deal with the Penguins over the summer because of his defensive abilities and postseason success.
Robert Scuderi is out with a broken ankle | 10/29/2013 11:21 AM
NewsRobert Scuderi has a broken ankle and will require surgery.
ImpactThere's no timetable for Scuderi's return yet. He has an assist in 11 games this season. This injury isn't likely to impact many fantasy teams, but it's a significant blow to the Penguins' defense.
Report: Robert Scuderi may miss a month | 10/28/2013 2:22 PM
NewsRobert Scuderi has returned to Pittsburgh to be re-evaluated further.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactTSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted shortly after the announcement: "Nothing official yet but hearing it could be 4+ weeks." Scuderi sustained an apparent leg or knee injury when he was checked by David Clarkson on Saturday night.
Rob Scuderi to be re-evaluated Sunday | 10/27/2013 10:18 AM
NewsRob Scuderi will be re-evaluated on Sunday after being helped off the ice with an apparent leg injury Saturday.
ImpactScuderi left the game with 21 seconds to go in the first period after being hit by the Maple Leafs David Clarkson. If Scuderi is unable to go on Monday then Robert Bortuzzo will draw into the lineup. Stay tuned.
Rob Scuderi leaves with undisclosed injury | 10/26/2013 8:01 PM
NewsRob Scuderi had to be helped off the ice Saturday with an undisclosed injury.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactThe Canadian Press' Stephen Whyno said he appeared to be favoring his right leg after a hit from the Leafs' David Clarkson. This was only the second game of the year for the Penguins with a healthy defense.
Shero: It was a mistake to let Scuderi go | 07/06/2013 11:24 AM
NewsPenguins general manager Ray Shero admitted it was a "mistake" to let Rob Scuderi walk after the 2009 Cup run.
ImpactScuderi signed a four-year deal on Friday, and he remains a great stay-at-home blueliner, one who could get a chance to play with Kris Letang. "I'll ask the next question: `Ray, was it a mistake to let Rob Scuderi go?' " Shero said. "Yes, it was a mistake to let Rob Scuderi go on my part. To have a chance at a do-over and bring Rob back was something I wanted to try and do."
Robert Scuderi heads back to Pittsburgh | 07/05/2013 1:03 PM
NewsRobert Scuderi has agreed to a four-year, $13.5 million pact with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactScuderi played for the Penguins before heading to Los Angeles and he'll give the team a good defensive presence in his return. He doesn't have much fantasy value, but he should help stabilize Pittsburgh's blueline.
Rob Scuderi likely to make his decision Fri. | 07/04/2013 1:36 PM
NewsAccording to Pierre LeBrun, Rob Scuderi probably won't make a decision on where he signs until Friday.
ImpactSources say he received a good offer from the Kings on Tuesday night, but he wanted to field some offers from other teams as well to see what was out there. If he doesn't stay in Los Angeles then it is believed he will go the Eastern Conference, where Pittsburgh, Toronto, Tampa Bay and other clubs are thought to be interested.
Contract talks 'ongoing' with Kings, Scuderi | 06/26/2013 2:54 PM
NewsRobert Scuderi and the Los Angeles Kings are talking contract.
Impact"Talks are ongoing prior to July 5, and no final decision has been made," Scuderi's agent Steve Bartlett said Wednesday. "The Kings have shown strong interest in having him return." Scuderi can become an unrestricted free agent next week if the two sides can't agree to a new deal by July 5.
Rob Scuderi now top priority for Kings | 06/23/2013 10:46 PM
NewsThe Los Angeles Kings next priority is to try signing defenseman Rob Scuderi to a long-term contract.
ImpactThe team has had its attention divided of late, but now that Slava Voynov has agreed to a long-term deal and Jonathan Bernier has been moved to Toronto, Dean Lombardi can focus on Scuderi's future. "We got Voynov done, and we've continued to talk to Scuderi," Lombardi said. "At least, again we'll keep trying here. I think we all would love to have him back, but as we say, with the cap coming down, it's all about making things fit. It's not about our desire to have the player."
Poor start costs Kings | 05/22/2013 10:49 AM
NewsRobert Scuderi thinks the Kings slow start cost them on Tuesday.
Impact"I think the challenge for us is - as Darryl would say - `starting on time,'" Scuderi said. "I thought they dominated the first. Second period, I thought they dominated the first half. We took the second half, and we dominated the third. When you think about it, it's pretty much an even game, but they buried on their chances." Scuderi added that the Kings didn't learn their lessons from Game 3, so now the series is tied. The good news for the Kings is that the series is moving back to Los Angeles for Game 5.
Robert Scuderi has six blocked shots | 05/19/2013 8:10 AM
NewsRobert Scuderi had six blocked shots to lead the Kings Saturday.
ImpactScuderi is now tied for third in the NHL with 23 blocked shots, trailing only Johnny Boychuk (32) and Daniel Girardi (29). Scuderi has two assists in nine playoff games this season.
Rob Scuderi on three game point streak | 03/19/2013 9:58 AM
NewsDefenseman Rob Scuderi is on a three game scoring streak.
ImpactNormally this is not big news for an NHLer but it is for Scuderi who is not known for his offensive prowess. Hopefully you lucked out and had him in your lineup but somehow we doubt it.
Kings have had contract talks with Scuderi | 02/26/2013 7:42 PM
NewsLos Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged he's had informal talks about signing D Rob Scuderi to a contract extension.
Jon Rosen on Twitter
ImpactScuderi has one year left on the four-year deal he signed with L.A. prior to the 2009-10 season. While Scuderi's offensive numbers haven't been anything to write home about this season (one goal, four points), he's been a reliable blueliner for a Kings team besieged by injuries to its defensemen. Scuderi's current contract has an average cap hit of $3.4 million, but the new CBA could reduce the average price for a defender of Scuderi's ilk.
Robert Scuderi has two point night | 02/21/2013 10:10 AM
NewsRobert Scuderi had two assists on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Daily News
ImpactIt was the fourth time in his lengthy NHL career that he has picked up two points in a game. The defensive defenseman now has a goal and four points this season with a minus-three rating. He also has just one minor.
Kings' mental sharpness wasn't up to par | 01/20/2013 10:42 AM
NewsThe Kings allowed more goals in 22 minutes Saturday against the Blackhawks than they did in any game of their entire 20-game playoff run.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactMakes you realize just how remarkable they were in the postseason. Los Angeles lost 5-2, but it allowed four goals in that 22-minute timeframe. Rob Scuderi thinks it was all mental. "Physically, I can understand most guys in this league not being ready because they haven't been playing overseas," defenseman Rob Scuderi said after the Kings' 5-2 loss. "But I think mentally is where we were hurting the most."
|Goals||0||53 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 13||1|
|Assists||1||4 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Mar 25||2|
|Points||1||4 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Mar 25||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||at Wpg||Apr 3||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||2 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Mar 16||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||53 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 13||0|
|Power Play Points||0||53 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 13||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||53 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 13||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||53 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 13||1|
|Shots||3||vs. NYI||Oct 25||3|
|Games||82||2 times-last: 2011-12 (LA)|
|Penalty Minutes||36||2005-06 (Pit)|
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