Head coach Dan Bylsma announced Monday that the team will be without defenseman Rob Scuderi after he broke his ankle last Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Scuderi was injured when he was hit by Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson. He was scheduled to have surgery last week. Bylsma said there was no timetable for his return.
Scuderi is one of the Penguin's largest offseason acquisitions, signing a four-year, $13.5 million contract to return to Pittsburgh, where he started his career, playing from 2003-09. He helped the Penguins win a Stanley Cup during that time. He played four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and also won a Cup while in LA.
So far this season the 34 year old veteran has one assist in 11 games, averaging 19 minutes per game. Over 596 NHL games, Scuderi has seven goals and 80 assists.
The Penguins will now function with a seven-man defensive rotation while Scuderi recovers. Letang, who had been paired with Scuderi, will now play with Matt Niskanen. After a strong start to the season, the Penguins have lost three of their last four. Fans are hoping for no more problems or issues, especially this early in the season.
References: CBS Sports and Chicago Tribune
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