Rob Scuderi Follows the Money to Los Angeles Kings

Eric NaughtonCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09:  Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings has his shot blocked by Rob Scuderi #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins late in Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Reported a little over an hour ago, Rob Scuderi has signed with the Los Angeles Kings for a four-year deal worth $3.4 million annually.

(Click on this LINK to read an article about it.)

Looking at the picture above, you can see why L.A. went for Scuderi. Not only did he prove himself as one of the best blue-liners in the NHL, he can also play goalie!

I think this is a fantastic move for the Kings. They have a ton of cap space and need the help of a guy like Scuderi who brings experience, evenness, and solid, stay-at-home defense.

Now, the Kings need some veteran leadership up front, and will be ready to join the playoff mix on a regular basis.

I had thought L.A. was a possibility for Hossa, but he went with another team I was thinking would be a good fit for him.

The result for Pittsburgh is another blow to their defense. Losing Scuderi was huge, and makes losing Gill a little more serious.

Goligoski will certainly have a regular spot in the lineup this season, and perhaps Ben Lovejoy will move up. With the signing of Brian Strait and the drafting of Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson, the organization continues adding depth on the blue line.

I predict the lines will work out this way: Orpik-Gonchar, Letang-Eaton, Goligoski-Boucher/Lovejoy.   These pairings create three solid lines with a stay-at-home defenseman and an offensive-minded defenseman - perfect for Bylsma's aggressive, offensive style of hockey.

The Penguins now need to work out the situation with their forwards. Sykora is a favorite and should be a priority. Fedotenko is another player the Pens should and will try to keep.

However, Fedotenko may turn out to be too expensive on the open market and could be the second Penguin to wear a Kings sweater in the 2009-10 season.