When Ray Shero gave Rob Scuderi a four year contract in the summer of 2013, Shero and the coaching staff at the time eyed Scuderi as the ideal d-partner for Kris Letang to give Letang a needed safety valve on the ice.
Things never played out that way, the two have barely played with each other since the signing, but now a couple years later, a different coaching staff has the same thinking, at least for one game tonight vs the Colorado Avalanche.
Scuderi was officially scratched Tuesday night due to an illness and probably should not have played over the weekend vs New Jersey as he was sick as a dog.
He will be back in the lineup tonight and in a pretty prominent role, paired with Kris Letang as the Penguins top pairing.
“I don’t think [playing with Letang] is anything too big,” Scuderi said via NHL.com. “That’s why you have a system. You’re going to have some wrinkles you’ll have to work out from time to time, but I’m thinking we’ll be OK.”
Mike Johnston today cited looking for balance in his pairs and feels the presence of Scuderi can let Letang play more offensively.
“At times when you’re putting D pairs together, you’re trying to get some balance,” Mike Johnston said today. “Rob Scuderi, he’s known for his defensive play and Kris is known for his offensive play.
“It was a decision to put Rob there as a bit of an anchor to solidify that pair and then Kris has a chance to jump up and create knowing he’s got a safety valve [in Rob Scuderi] there.”
NHL Chatter: Pens not shopping Hornqvist for defense; Bonino in Play
Talk coming out of last week’s NHL GM Meetings is Jim Rutherford is on the hunt for a top-6 left winger and a top-4 D who’s a minutes eater.
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Penguins winger Daniel Sprong will be a healthy scratch tonight. Sprong played just 5:11 vs the Wild and had one shift in the third period…….Gabriel Landeskog returns to the lineup tonight for Colorado. Landeskog will skate on the Avs top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene…….Former Penguin Blake Comeau has 1 goal and 4 assists in 18 games for the Avalanche. Comeau is the second line left winger tonight…….
When do we play San Jose?
Where’s the instant buzz on PITT winning it’s 8 game?
I’ve been counting down the bet with King for roughly two weeks. AGKM finally took note. After I noted that the posts were deleted. So convenient.
S h i t
Sums up this website for the past couple years
Sick pre game article. Stanch, I agree that Sid has been garbage for a while and Geno is the shit. But you’re stating to sound like Yoda dude. Beating a dead horse when 95% of this board agrees with what you’re saying.
95% of this board has made excuses for him ad nausea. They don’t agree. They stew.
Sam’s boyfriend lets him think he’s a power bottom.
Stanch that is money in the bank. Sid will be pointless for the next 3 games, that’s his trend this year. Don’t welch on Stanch King! You will be like Yoda all the times he failed to follow through on bets. That Dbag is still here. He has no pride!
More like money to DQ he will eat burgers and ice cream with that money
i met up with dabridge and gave him a case of beer 2 seasons ago. i am a jedi of my word.
You’re a G*y nerd….nuff said.
I can confirm. Yoda came clean on his bet with me. I very much enjoyed that case of beer.
Great post game analysis, really insightful.
Yeah D you really suck a writing.
What was the bet that King made again?
When people were ragging on Crosby at like the 6 game mark, he bet that by the quarter mark, Crosby would be a point per game player – said he wasn’t worried about him – dared anyone to bet him – i told him I’d take his bet. I let him dictate terms (like, I’d have totally bet a case of beer). He said $200. I said fine. Sounds like my lady is getting filet tomorrow night @SID9701 Eddie Merlots!
Stanch. Never one not to deliver on a bet but you NEVER accepted the terms. Find me the post that you did and I will hand deliver the $200 to you today.
Find the post! You have to be kidding me – how exactly do i got about that? The simple search function on the web site?
Conveniently, all of the posts dating back that far are deleted – isn’t that something.
the guy is an idiot he invents stuff just to create something just like him saying mcdavid playing for vancouver when i never said he plays for vancouver he is a dumb arrogant Slob
Same goes for his Bf NPL.he is fat and ugly yet he creates an account sam is fat just so he gets the heat off him when Sam only weight 179lb and he weight 320lb
He weight? Stop typing or learn how to use spell check.
Actually you did fall ass backwards into pretty much saying that…
Sure as agkm is full of shit, you completely said it. You’re an idiot. A fat one.
Same you did say that you idiot.
I’ll vouch – King put up $200 and stanch went dead silent until it was clear which way the wind was blowing.
More to the point, I at least expected it to be an interesting bet and it wasn’t. This has to be the worst start of Crosby’s career by a fair margin. Everyone gets snakebit for a spell, but you can’t explain away a 20 game stretch with just bad bounces. Don’t know what’s wrong, but hopefully the goal against the Avs is the start of something.
Went silent? I laughed at his childish insinuation that $200 was somehow a lot of money to me. You vouch for shit. You have no idea what you’re talking about. As usual.
Yeah, yeah… I’m sorry the truth hurts your feelings, but you never accepted the bet.
Oh. I accepted the bet. I just won the bet. I do appreciate you’re input as you breeze through here once a week. I’m sure you were all over it.
Your fiction is habitual.
Do you guys remember when Fat Sam went on an on about what a bad player Kessel was in his own end, you know, because that’s what he read? Amazing – I haven’t heard a peep about it since July.
Kingpuck, I’ll chip in $1 to stanchion if you have a good rumor.
Yeah – make up a good rumor or something!
If I were to make up a good rumor it would be that Stanch’s woman is deprived on on the prowl again. Confirmed by my source (the bathroom stall)
i doubt that is made up king I think that is True
I second that notion. We need more king rumors. Lord knows we don’t get much from d
UPDATE: Sid needs 10 points next game, or kingpuck owes me $200
Surprised he showed that much confidence in a struggling hockey player under 6’4
Funny how you never took the bet but now all of a sudden you appear talking . Show me where you accepted the challenge and the cash is yours my friend
Love watching Geno dominate. It reminds me of a time when Sid didn’t suck and we could argue who was better. Glory days…
only thing you love watching is micheal sam Dominate.It reminds you of the time when micheal Didnt suckk
Iginla suckss and he is done guys he can’t play. Yet he had 2 points tonight.
He’s better than Sid…guys
1st in 7 and first even strength goal.
For you Stan!
Oh my god. Are you guys recording this?!
Vancouver has been reeling since McDavid went down.
No…believe me when he does Steigy and Errey will need new trousers. He is unwatchable. He makes everyone on the ice look like sh#t.
Sid score yet?
Letang sucks… 9 points his last nine games… Hopefully he can kill the +\- thing tho lol
Watch letang on the goal Colorado scores.
The Duchene goal? Ya Letang and Cole shouldnt even be allowed to sit near each other on the bench let alone be on the ice together. That was horrible lol
Letang blows north of the red.
Perrons hard work is paying off… As the team is starting to play hard with him he’s starting to score… Good call fatasssam you cunt
Sam is fat
You’re a fat slob and you know it
I love Bonino. The problem I see with trading him is whether he is a big enough asset to get the return we covet. Very good cheap 3rd line center. But I don’t see teams trading a Paul Martin type for Bonino. I would be against trading Boninio if he had more term on his contract. But he’s only got this year and next before UFA. We picked up Fehr for cheap this offseason and cap room was pretty useful last year. So even though Bonino is a good contract I think its quite likely if we spend well we… Read more »
Tobias from the peg surely wouldn’t garnish all that much………..he is making quite a bit for his production though.
I dont get why they would be willing to trade Bonino. At least try him on the wing first, the revolving door that is Crosbys wing may be a fit. I also thinks hes really underrated on the PK, so if the return isnt great i wouldnt move him. Also, if we get another defenseman we better find a way to unload Scuderi or Lovejoy, otherwise the new guy will push Clendning to No.8 and knowing the coaching staff it will be Dumoulin who sits as the number 7.
Trade bonino for a Defense .I would like pens go after Spurgeon,he is last year of 3-year, $2.6 million contract.And apparently he is Smarts and hockey sense. He is a smooth skating defenseman who rarely makes mistakes on the back end may be one of the most sound defenseman position-wise in the NHL. Something that Pens might need and can maybe use him on the PP
You’re dumb. And fat.
Moving Bonino is retarded. He has cost certainty far beyond his cap hit. They need a few players like that for a change.
trade our bad players for their good players. problem solved