Defenseman Rob Scuderi explained his decision to leave the Kings and sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent this way: “When moving your family, the transition can be kind of odd and awkward. I thought going to Pittsburgh, the familiarity with the area would make for an easier transition. And most important, the team in a win-now mode.”
He also said his game would be a good fit with the Penguins, adding: “Let’s face it, I’m a plug. I play good defense, I’m going to move the puck tape-to-tape when I can, and when I don’t have an opportunity to, I’m going to put the puck in the safest areas. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, everyone knows that. But it can be effective.
“One of the reasons I felt comfortable coming back is that the Penguins said that was what they were looking for. I want to make sure I’m a good fit for what they need and that together we can do some good things.”
Of moving closer to his family on the East Coast, he said:
“To be able to play (the three New York City area-based) teams consistently and with Pittsburgh being a seven-hour drive or a one-hour flight as compared to a cross-country flight is something that I missed over the last few years. I missed having them be part of our lives and their grandkids’ lives.”