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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rob Scuderi - The Highlights

In case you missed it, the Penguins have traded Rob Scuderi to the Chicago Blackhawks in a deal that brings defenseman Trevor Daley back to Pittsburgh. The Pens also retain one third of Scuderi's cap hit, or $1.125 million, over each of the next two seasons. Trevor Daley had a career year in Dallas last year with 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 68 GP. He's struggled so far this year in Chicago in a lesser role, though the hope with both the Daley acquisition and the coaching change is that the Penguins will resort to a more wide open style of play that has them attempt to outscore their bad defense, much like the Stars have been doing. Daley's downside as a player is that he can struggle in his own zone and with possession, but his upside is that he doesn't struggle with everything.

Rob Scuderi may be gone, but his impact on the Penguins during his second stint in Pittsburgh cannot be denied. As such, we at Pens Initiative wanted to pay tribute to the 2+ seasons that Scuderi has spent back in black and gold. After the break, we'll break down the highlights of Scuderi's return to the Pens.

April 10, 2015 - Rob Scuderi scores the lone Pittsburgh goal as the Penguins lose to the Islanders 3-1. With the loss, the Pens entered the final game of the season still looking to clinch a playoff spot.

October 15, 2015 - Marc-Andre Fleury saves all 22 of the Ottawa shots as the Penguins beat the Senators 2-0 for their first win of the season. The Penguins won the possession battle with a 51.7 CF% as Rob Scuderi was a healthy scratch.

November 17, 2015 - After calling out the team following an embarrassing 3-0 loss to New Jersey, Evgeni Malkin factored in on all 4 Penguin goals as Pittsburgh beat the Wild 4-3. The Penguins played the Wild even with a 50.0 CF% as Rob Scuderi was scratched from the lineup.

December 9, 2015 - The Penguins scored 3 goals in the 3rd period to secure 2 points in the final game of a disappointing road trip as they beat Colorado 4-2. Beau Bennett had a pair of goals as the Pens controlled possession with a 62.2 CF% while Rob Scuderi was a healthy scratch.

December 14, 2015 - The first game of the Mike Sullivan era didn't go as the team had hoped as they fell to Washington 4-1. Despite dominating possession with a 63.4 CF%, including a score-adjusted 57.6 SACF%, it didn't translate to the scoreboard as Rob Scuderi was a late healthy scratch while Jim Rutherford finalized his trade to Chicago.

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