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Did The Penguins Overpay When Signing Scuderi?

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Michael Schuckers likes numbers. Schuckers is an associate professor of statistics at St. Lawrence University and director of the school’s Quantitative Resource Center. Schuckers is also cofounder of Statistical Sports Consulting, where he applies his experience in analytics toward providing numbers-based conclusions in hockey.

There are numbers, however, that Schuckers and some of his peers in analytics do not like. They are 34, 4, and 13.5 million: Rob Scuderi’s age, the number of contract years he received from the Penguins July 5, and his total salary for returning to Pittsburgh.

Of all the signings during unrestricted free agency, the former Boston College defenseman may have landed the biggest head-scratcher.

“That’s the one that sticks out to me this year,” Schuckers said. “Pittsburgh is supposed to be a team that’s fairly analytic. All the analytics I’ve seen suggest he’s well past his prime.”

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Tony's avatar

I think to a certain extent the Penguins were going to have to overpay someone.  Their defensive corps desperately needed a D-man that, you know, actually played defense.

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 08/18/13 at 09:05 AM ET

pautna's avatar

The same question was asked when the Kings signed Scuds several years ago and the answer to the question then as it is now, is NO! The dude is the consummate champion on and off the ice. Do “All the analytics” account for heart, warrior mentality, leadership and consistency?

I’m trying not to think too much about the big hole in our defense as a result of him being gone. In my opinion he’s worth every penny.

Posted by pautna on 08/18/13 at 01:19 PM ET


Raw corsi’s a strange thing to reference when you’re talking about a Scuderi or Willie Mitchell type. I’m sort of in disbelief that a statistics professor would do this.

Posted by larry on 08/18/13 at 03:00 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Old saying still rings true, People who can, Do. People Who can’t Teach ! Nuff said

Posted by Evilpens on 08/18/13 at 04:42 PM ET

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