With just about a week go to until free agency opens up around the league, it’s looking more and more like we could see defenseman Rob Scuderi hit the market as an unrestricted free agent. If that were to happen, the Carolina Hurricanes need to be ready to pursue him.
There’s no guarantee that it’ll happen, as the Los Angeles Kings are still working to re-sign him, but if they’re unable to, he’ll become a popular commodity out there on the market. And given what he brings to the table, both on the ice and in the locker room, he’s a player that the Hurricanes should have interest in.
The Hurricanes head into the summer with a pretty clear line of sight as to where they need to upgrade. Their largest needs remain on the blue line, and they could look to both the free agent and the trade markets in order to try and upgrade. While Scuderi won’t turn it around by himself, he’d be a significant improvement to their current defensive corps.
Scuderi is a veteran guy and a defensive defenseman. He’ll turn 35 in December, but still has plenty of game left. He’s the type of guy that’ll add that experience and will play a defensive minded game, blocking shots and playing solid hockey in his own zone. He’s also capable of logging big minutes, even at his age.
During the regular season, he averaged up near 22 minutes a game, a total which was even bigger during the playoffs. He was up over 23 minutes per game during the postseason, including some big minutes while the Kings were on the penalty kill. That type of player is definitely worth pursuing, especially for a Hurricanes team badly in need of blue liners.
Of course, that’s assuming he makes it to the open market.