It was accomplished in what amounted to a swap of minor league defensemen. The Kings sent defenseman
"Quality person who slides right into our team," said Kings Coach
"Bring experience and leadership. Easy transition for him obviously and for us too."
The Kings had been looking for a fill for the back end that takes the salary cap into account for next year. While Scuderi still has one year left on his contract — a four-year, $13.5-million deal signed with Pittsburgh in 2013 — the
The Blackhawks will be responsible for 50% of Scuderi's salary while the Kings will be paying 15% of Ehrhoff's contract, according to those familiar with the details of the transaction. The difference, also, was that Ehrhoff was on an expiring contract.
Scuderi's fit with the Blackhawks was about as uncomfortable as Ehrhoff's with the Kings. Scuderi had been with the Blackhawks' minor league affiliate in Rockford, Ill., after clearing waivers and Ehrhoff was sent to the Kings'
Scuderi, who turned 37 in December, was a big part of the Kings'
With Scuderi on his way to Los Angeles, Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel was reassigned to Ontario on Friday. Gravel played in four games with the Kings, making his
Scuderi likely will play protected minutes with the Kings in a defensive structure that can help camouflage his eroded skill set.
At least that's their hope. The plus side is that Sutter trusts veterans and Scuderi is comfortable with the system and an easy fit in the dressing room, all potential benefits for the stretch run.
With Monday's trade deadline looming, the Kings have been linked, along with several other teams, to
Purcell started his NHL career with the Kings before getting moved to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline in 2010. He had a career-high 24 goals and 65 points with the
He was a last-minute scratch for the Kings-Oilers game Thursday night and did not play in the Edmonton-Anaheim contest Friday night, a typical maneuver by an organization getting close to making a deal.
KINGS VS. BUFFALO SABRES
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 790.
Update: The Kings have won their last three games by a score of 2-1. In fact, they happen to be 8-0-4 in games that have ended 2-1 this season. The unusual 8 p.m. start at Staples Center, by the way, has to do with the outdoor game at Denver on NBC and the need to keep clear of the exclusive three-hour TV window for that event.