The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Rob Scuderi to a 4 year, $13.5 million contract. The deal carries an AAV of $3.375 million.
The 34 year old Scuderi spent the last 4 years with the Los Angeles Kings, after playing for the Penguins from 2003-2009. Scuderi has won two Stanley Cups, 2009 with the Penguins and 2012 with the Kings.
The Penguins made Scuderi their No. 1 target on July 3rd for when teams could start talking to players. Pittsburgh had their sights set on Scuderi from the start to be a d-partner for Kris Letang.
Scuderi, according to sources, turned down around $4 million per season from the Kings, but you have to take into account the cost of living in Pittsburgh compared to Los Angeles. Word began to leak on Wednesday that Scuderi wanted to play in the East and play in a less hectic city. Scuderi’s final decision came down to Pittsburgh and Toronto.