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Shero admits it was a mistake to let Scuderi go to Kings

Chicago Blackhawks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Defenseman Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings speaks to a teammate during a break in action in the third period of Game Three of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The last time Rob Scuderi suited up for the Pittsburgh Penguins -- on June 12, 2009, in Detroit -- he got to celebrate a Stanley Cup championship after the game.

Today -- after four seasons and another Cup title in Los Angeles -- the Pens brought him back, signing the 34-year-old to a four-year, $13.5 million deal.

According to general manager Ray Shero, Scuderi should never have been allowed to get away in the first place.

“It was a mistake to let Scuderi go on my part,” said Shero. “To have the chance at a do-over and bring Rob back, I think that’s a good day for us.”

Back in Pittsburgh, it’s hoped Scuderi can help stabilize a roster that’s loaded with offensive weapons like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, but has at times been vulnerable defensively.

“I wanted to make sure they remembered who I was, how I played and if they expected anything else,” Scuderi said today, per the Tribune-Review. “The most important thing to me was the fit, and Ray said he knew exactly what I was, and they planned to use me the same way.”