Kings Trade Ehrhoff to Chicago for Scuderi

USATSI_9053497_154158418_lowresThe Los Angeles Kings have traded defenceman Christian Ehrhoff to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Rob Scuderi.

This is essentially a swap of veteran defencemen, both of whom found themselves on waivers earlier this season.

Ehrhoff was in his first season with the Kings and skated in 40 games, coming up with 10 points including two goals. He was a minus-2 player and Los Angeles waived him in February. The 12-year veteran inked a one-year deal with the club in the off-season, but things haven’t exactly panned out.

The same situation seems to be the case with Scuderi, who was acquired by Chicago in December of 2015 for Trevor Daley. He spent just 17 games in the NHL this season and has gone pointless. The 37-year-old saw three games with the Rockford IceHogs, too, where he didn’t put up a point.

Scuderi has a year to go on his contract and will be worth a $1.3 million cap hit. The Pittsburgh Penguins will still pony up $1.125 million of his original deal via the Daley trade, while Chicago will retain 50 percent of the contract.

Conversely, the Kings will retain 15 percent of Ehrhoff’s contract. The German blueliner will become an unrestricted free agent come July 1.

One has to imagine this swap is mostly about movement, about potentially getting the veteran defenders some new terrain. They’ve worn out their welcomes with their respective clubs and it’s time for a change before the sun sets.

And Scuderi has experience in Los Angeles, having spent four seasons with the Kings from 2009 to 2013. He was a locker room leader for the 2012 Cup-winning club and can be a steady presence on the blueline.

In 762 career games, Scuderi has eight goals and 96 assists. He has 117 games of playoff experience and managed 14 post-season points.

In 781 career games, Ehrhoff has 74 goals and 263 assists. He has 73 games of post-season experience, where he put up 27 points. He played some of his best hockey for the Vancouver Canucks. He had 50 points in 79 games in the 2010-2011 season, arguably his best career year to date.

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