The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Monday night that defenseman Rob Scuderi will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken ankle during their loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. He will undergo surgery later this week and there is currently no timetable for his return.
Before this season Scuderi had not missed a game since 2009-10.
Scuderi was injured following a hit from David Clarkson and did not return.
The Penguins signed Scuderi, 35, to a four-year, $13.5 million contract in free agency this summer after he spent the previous four years with the Los Angeles Kings.
He was originally drafted by the Penguins and spent the first five years of his career with the team, playing a key role in their 2009 Stanley Cup. He also won the Cup with the Kings in 2012.
The Penguins were hoping that he could help solidify their blue line and give them a stay-at-home presence to complement some of their more mobile, puck-moving defensemen. His injury happened just two games after Kris Letang, the team's best defenseman, returned from an injury that kept him out of the first 10 games of the season.
In Scuderi's absence the Penguins be turning to a couple of youngsters in Robert Bortuzzo and 2012 first-round draft pick Olli Maatta. The Penguins already decided to keep Maatta past the 10-game mark, using up the first-year of his entry level contract.