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04-09-2010, 05:47 PM
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Puck Daddy Chats with Rob Scuderi on the Playoffs

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"Last summer, the Los Angeles Kings made a statement about this season when they signed defenseman Rob Scuderi(notes) from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to 4-year deal. Here was a coveted, veteran player that just won a championship, coming to a franchise that hadn't seen the playoffs since 2002. The statement: They were bringing in a player like Scuderi because the time to contend had arrived.

The Kings are a playoff team again this season, and Scuderi has provided the same type of defense he provided the Penguins during his breakout season in 2008-09. He plays an average of 19:20 per game, much of it with Kings standout Drew Doughty(notes) this season. He's been a steady, experienced presence on the ice and in the locker room when necessary.

We spoke with Scuderi earlier this week about the Kings in the playoffs; the differences in playoff vibe between LA and Pittsburgh; potential first-round opponents; RJ Umberger's(notes) "West beats the Capitals" comments; making the case for Drew Doughty as the Norris Trophy winner; faith in goalie Jonathan Quick(notes); not making the Olympic cut; his favorite Kings jersey; and, somewhat to our surprise, the cast of 'Jersey Shore.'"

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