Penguins trade vet Rob Scuderi to Blackhawks for Trevor Daley
Midway through their game between the Capitals on Monday night, the Penguins announced that they had traded veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi in exchange for Trevor Daley from Chicago. Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, one-third of Scuderi’s salary was retained.
Scuderi is on the third year of his four year deal and is about to turn 37 on December 30th. He sits at a 3.375 million cap hit without retained salary in mind. Daley, acquired in the Patrick Sharp trade, also has two years left but is at a 3.3 million cap hit. The highly explosive offensive defenseman has had a rough time adjusting in Chicago.
Both players needed a change of scenery but whether it will work out remains to be seen. Chicago gets a declining veteran with another year on the books while Pittsburgh gets an offensive defenseman that will not help out improve play in their own end.
Both players remain without a goal on the season. Daley will see more ice time in Pittsburgh after being shelved behind the likes of Keith, Seabrook, and Hjalmarsson.
This was the first trade of the NHL season and addressed Jim Rutherford’s yearning for a change on the back end.