To be fair though, it wasn't a trade. The Pens would have kept him if they could have afforded his raise, but it certainly isn't the first time a player was lost to UFA because of the cap. So teeeeechnically the theory that teams won't trade away great players for loose change because of the cap is still sound.
now THIS is a smart signing... fits with Deano's layering and adds the experience we desperately needed on the back end... also allows us to trade our golden papaya in Quincey (or JJ) for the other wanted help we need while allowing the kiddies to sizzle in the minors...
We are talking major players, not 30 year old depth guys who get more money than they are worth because they are UFA.
The lost Malone and Hossa last year and won the Cup. You can still lose guys and win when you've got enough talent. Identify your core, keep them together at all costs and make shrewd signings/picks to round out the rest of the team.
Do you really think losing Scuderi is going to cost the Penguins a playoff spot next season? Even in the pre-cap days, it was hard to repeat as champions. Detroit actually added Hossa to a Stanley Cup winning team and lost.
Did I say any of that?
I said they lost an important player. Scuderi was an important player for the Pens the last few years. They are in a cap bind and they couldn't pay him. That's it. Remind where that has anything to do with the playoffs or repeating a cup victory?
The idea of getting players that without the cap would otherwise be unavailable does not mean in any way, shape or form that the team losing said player is going to go from great to suck. Don't really care how well the Pens do next year. I'm glad we added Scuderi. If there was no cap, the Pens would have kept him and we wouldn't have him.
I don't know.. Is it me or is Quincey severely overrated on these boards? I think HE should be the guy that goes since he is cheaper and for some reason people think he's REALLY REALLY good when he's just okay.
Best of luck to Scuderi in LA. He's an awesome guy and an awesome player. Don't expect a Zdeno Chara, because that he is not. He'll serve his purpose in a quiet way, and when you almost forget his existence is when you know he's been doing his job.
I think it's safe to say the Kings got more than a few Pens fans on their side today.
Great another defensive defenseman - never more than 1 goal in a season. People we need scoring!!!!!!! We need Defensemen who move the puck and a threat to score. We have O'Donnell, Greene, and now Scurderi? Yes he's a good defenseman but does not fit what we need. Shoot take Drewiske who makes what $800,000 and take the extra 2.6 million each year and deduct from the 7.5 million for Gaborik and now you have him for 4.9million if you do the math.
Scurderi and Someone we pay 4.9 mill (Tanguay?) or Drewiske and Gaborik. I take the later NTC or not. Even if Gaborik had a career ending injury after 10 games I could still live with the chance taken to get deep in the playoffs.
I think Kings management still holds out hope for retiring Blake's number (why, I have no idea). It will be interesting to see if they give him the number.
The ONLY problem I have with this signing is the glut of Left Shot defensemen it gives the Kings (We'll see if Voinov impresses enough to stay with the big club, he's a Right Shot), but that aside, it's money well spent. You talk about covering "Home Plate", This guy does it!!!
Greene, O'D and Scuderi. Nice defense-minded group.
Compared to the Komisarek signing, I think this is very good. But honestly, I'm not a hundred percent on the signing yet. I can't help but think that a guy like Karlis Skrastins could have provided a lot of what Scuderi provides for half the price. But in general I'm very much in favor of improving our overall team defense, so I'm glad to see our shot-blocking numbers will certainly go up.
I just went over to the Pittsburgh boards. They absolutely love Scuderi, not just as a player but as a character guy. Everyone was happy that he got his (well-deserved) pay day. This signing has DL strategy written all over it. Bring in a team first guy who does all the little things and can impart a winning attitude in the locker room. He plays against the other team's top line, kills penalties and blocks shots. Great signing.