Penguins re-sign Whitney, Scuderi
Executive Vice President and General Manager
Whitney, 25, recorded career-highs in all offensive categories, collecting 14 goals, 45 assists for 59 points, while appearing in a career-high 81 games in his second NHL season. He finished tied for fifth in scoring among NHL defensemen and fifth overall on the club.
“Signing Ryan was a high priority for us this off-season,” Shero said. “He is an essential part of the long-term future plan for our hockey club and a huge part of our core group of young players. Ryan made a difference for us last season, while making significant progress and we are looking forward to his continued success in
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman finished fourth on the club, while posting a career-high 33 points on the power play. He tied Evgeni Malkin with 24 assists on the power play, while notching nine of his 14 goals with the man advantage. He posted a plus-or-even rating in 57 of his 81 games, ranking fourth on the team with a plus-nine rating overall.
Whitney appeared 89 career contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before joining
Prior to joining
Whitney has skated in 149 career NHL contests with
Scuderi, 28, skated in 78 contests with the Penguins during the 2006-07 season collecting a career-high 11 points (one goal, 10 assists). He finished the season ranking third on the club in shorthanded ice-time and completed the season with a plus-three rating overall. He also ranked fifth on the team with 109 blocked shots. Scuderi has appeared in 148 career NHL contests recording 18 points (two goals, 16 assists), along with 68 penalty minutes.
The, 6-0, 215-pound defenseman joined the Penguins organization in 2001, after completing four seasons at Boston College where he finished as the school’s all-time games played leader with 168. He helped lead