The longer the Penguins play, the higher that Rob Scuderi’s market value will go up according to league sources.
Scuderi, 29, is currently making $725,000 and he will warrant a significant raise on the open market.
League sources I’ve talked to indicate Scuderi will get a deal similar to what defenseman Tom Preissing got (4 yrs – $11 million) after the Senators Stanley Cup run in 2007.
The two are totally different players but Scuderi is being characterized as this year’s “Preissing” around the league in regards to how he will benefit from his team making a long run.
Prior to the trade deadline, Scuderi expressed an interest to Penguins management in working out a long-term. Pittsburgh indicated they were not interested in talking until after the season.
Right now were hearing the Penguins are willing to go as high as
$1.8 million per season with $1.5 – $1.8 million per being discussed internally.
$2 million per season would likely be tops and it’s unlikely that Pittsburgh would be willing to go that high.
As much as the Penguins like Rob Scuderi, they believe he is replacable and going into the summer, the Penguins still have some question marks on their wings.
One reason for the Penguins strong pursuit of luring Brian Strait out of College is because scouts see him as a potential replacement for Scuderi. The problem the Penguins have is Strait is likely returning for his senior season and the Penguins will only have a few months to sign him.
As for Scuderi, his value is currently at $2.5 million per and it could rise to $2.75 – $3 million per. Scuderi has to take care of his family and for the Penguins that would be cap suicide dishing out that kind of money.