Rob Scuderi: “It Was A Breath Of Fresh Air” To Return To LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Before finalizing the trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on February 26 for veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, in exchange for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi took the unusual step of speaking with a player prior to trading for him.

“We got permission from Chicago to talk to [Scuderi], and one thing good about it is he knows what [Kings head coach Darryl Sutter] expects, and I talked to him about the team now. The other thing, too, was about moving his family. It was critical that—one of the reasons I think he left was because his wife wanted to be closer to his family. [I told him], ‘I don’t want you coming out here if your wife’s staying back east,’ and she was all excited. And the guy—he commands a lot of respect in that room, and like I said, for giving up what we have to pay him, as well as fitting in, it’s almost like, ‘well, it makes too much sense.’”

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Dishes On The Trade Deadline

LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaking to the media during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — The 2016 National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps a bit surprisingly, outside of a minor league trade in which they acquired forward Brett Sutter from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward prospect Scott Sabourin, the Los Angeles Kings remained on the sidelines on deadline day, February 29.

“We were pretty much done yesterday,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said during a media conference call. “Once we got the defenseman, the only other thing we were looking at was obviously, with [left wing Marian] Gaborik out, looking for the experienced player who can play in your top six. I talked to a lot of people today, but I didn’t anticipate anything, and it didn’t surprise me.”

As Lombardi alluded to, he had already been quite busy, acquiring veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi on February 26 and forward Kris Versteeg on February 28. Those trades were preceded by the acquisitions of center Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn on January 6.

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Rob Scuderi Looks To Regain Success In Return To LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
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EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Early in the first period on February 27, when the Los Angeles Kings hosted the Buffalo Sabres, a video played on the Staples Center scoreboard, honoring a player from their not-so-distant past.

But this player is also a part of their present and foreseeable future—veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, who was acquired by the Kings on February 26 from the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

As the video tribute ended, Scuderi, who was on the ice, waiting for the puck to drop, turned and waved to acknowledge the crowd as they stood and roared their appreciation.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Gaborik, Ehrhoff After LA Kings 3-2 OT Win Over Chicago

LOS ANGELES — After spotting the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks a 2-0 lead, Jeff Carter scored early in the third period, Marian Gaborik tied the game late in the third period, and then Gaborik scored the overtime game-winner on a breakaway to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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2015 NHL Awards Show That League, Writers Still Have Serious Credibility Issues

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: West Coast players were shut out once again from the major National Hockey League awards, the league’s annual showcase of its best and brightest, just another reminder of how much of an embarrassing joke the NHL awards have been for years.


LOS ANGELES — The 2015 National Hockey League awards have come and gone, and once again, they have proven to be a complete joke.

Year after year after year, the NHL awards turns out to be an embarrassing knock on the league’s credibility, not to mention that of some of the writers who vote for five of the six player awards (having been a voter for these awards in previous seasons, that includes yours truly) because of the blatantly obvious advantage given to players from Eastern Conference teams, primarily due to the fact that they get far greater attention from the media in Eastern time zone cities and in much of Canada.

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