Feb 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) talk on the ice against the Ottawa Senators during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Scuderi Plans On Rebounding From Last Season's Troubles

Yesterday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Rob Scuderi‘s envisioning of the 2013-14 season and how he’ll attempt to redeem himself.

Scuderi finally admitted that the broken ankle he suffered last season had more of an impact on his game than we were led to believe. Unsurprisingly, his remarks are similar to Sidney Crosby‘s comments regarding his wrist injury. Both players came clean in regards to their respective nagging injuries severely affecting their play.

Now, as Scuderi has stated he is looking to bounce-back this season – which is what any professional athlete would say, given the circumstances – he fails to address what he will be doing differently, or how he can prove to the fans that he still deserves to be on the team.

Yes, he can say he didn’t come back 100-percent, or play well after his injury, but it doesn’t do anything to convince fans and supporters that his play actually hasn’t started to slip.

If Scuderi winds up returning to the player of old – as he intends to – his bounce-back could be a huge boost for the Penguins. Let’s be honest right now, his trade value could not be any lower, and I doubt many teams would accept a deal involving Scuderi. Frankly, I think his play might rebound early in the season, but as his 35-year-old body continues to breakdown, his play will begin to slip once again.

Should Scuderi start to play well early in the season, Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford‘s best option is to trade him as soon as his value ascends. If his play does in fact recover, the Penguins can not only trade him to reduce their cap issues, but they will also provide opportunities for their defensive prospects to fill the void.

The Penguins signed him as a free agent, which means it only cost them money to ink him; he could be traded away for a draft pick or even a younger player. Rutherford needs to seriously consider making that trade.

Let’s just hope Scuderi’s play rebounds as he predicts it will.

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