Penguins Notebook: Scuderi has new home but same game
January 6, 2016 12:00 AM
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Rob Scuderi while with the Penguins in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in October at the Air Canada Centre.
By Seth Rorabaugh/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
During his time with the Penguins, defenseman Rob Scuderi had a pretty good grasp of how his style of play looked.
“I’ve never played the prettiest games,” he once said..
The lack of cosmetic beauty in Scuderi’s game was affirmed by a facial injury apparent after his team’s morning skate at Consol Energy Center Tuesday. It’s the latest facial injury in a career full of blocked shots and errant high sticks.
At 37, Scuderi’s game won’t be changing anytime soon, even after he was traded to the high-powered Chicago Blackhawks Dec. 14 in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley.
“Certainly, you have to adjust to the small things that they want to do as a team,” Scuderi said. “But your overall game is not going to change. I'm not going to become something else overnight. I'm still doing roughly the same role. You just have to adjust to the small details that are different from team to team.”
Before the game Tuesday night. Scuderi had played in seven games for the Blackhawks with no points and averaged 11:36 of ice time. By comparison, Daley has played in nine games for the Penguins and scored nine points (one goal, two assists) while averaging 19:29 of ice time.
“Opposite kind of players,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Trevor is more offensive minded where [Scuderi] is more of a stay home guy.”
Scuderi admitted he suspected a trade was possible.
"Maybe a small sense,“ Scuderi said. ”I thought if they wanted to go in a different direction last summer, I thought maybe something would happen. When it didn’t, there’s really nothing you can do as a player. You're a hockey player. You focus on the things in your world that you can control and everything else is everything else."
Since the trade, Scuderi has found himself paired or alternated with another former Penguins defenseman in Michal Rozsival.
“I know he had some injury issues along time ago [during his Penguins career,]” Scuderi said. “He would get sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton [of the American Hockey League] and we’d play together for a couple of weeks. It's kind of funny how your careers go and you end up meeting back up again. It's been good to play with him again and see him again.”
Scuderi doesn’t appear to be dwelling on his more immediate history with the Penguins.
"I don't think about it,“ said Scuderi. ”It’s like we say, ’Don't think, you'll only hurt the team.’ It's something where you just kind of go with it. I don’t think about it. I’m not bitter about it or anything. It's just something that happens in the business and you learn to move on."
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