End of season thoughts from Rob Scuderi – now what?

We already have comments from Kings GM Dean Lombardi up on the homepage, talking about the Rob Scuderi contract situation.

Now we check in with the defenseman himself, for some thoughts on the just completed season and an eye on his future. Here’s what he shared today…

On if he has had time to come to conclusions on why things ended the way they did:

“It’s still pretty fresh, but even in a couple of games, I guess you start to gain a little perspective on the situation and the season. For us, regarding the season, I thought it was another good season for the Kings. It certainly would have been nice to get home ice, and we would have loved to have had that if we grabbed that fourth place spot. We won two rounds and something with the third round we just couldn’t get it done. Although I thought we outplayed them in our last game here, a couple days ago. At the end of the day, we just didn’t get it done.”

On the home and road record this year:

“It’s a question that we’ll all be asking ourselves during the summertime. If there was something that we could put our finger on, then we would have tried to eliminate it during the regular season. We didn’t have a great road record during the regular season, at least compared to years passed, and it carried over to the playoffs. When you think about it, it was our Achilles heel, in the last round. Even if we just get one game there, it’s a different outlook on the series, and we just weren’t able to do that. I guess if I short answer the question, I just don’t know. If there was something we could have done or fixed during the season, I think we would have done it.”

On if the home team effects play:

“Maybe for some guys. Me personally, I’ve played in places where there’s a great atmosphere. Certainly you feel more comfortable at home, but when there’s a great attitude in any road arena, it’s always fun to play in. That’s my personal opinion. I don’t think guys were any more revved up at home…you’re more comfortable but I don’t think it’s a feeling that you just get more energy from. As far as energy, we pretty much sat around for four months waiting for the NHL to open it’s door so we can play, so I don’t think that can be used as an excuse.”

On if he wants to stay on the Kings:

“It’s still a little fresh the first couple of days, and you’re trying to figure some things out. Close up shop on your place for the season and guys are taking off and you want to say good bye to certain people. So, I haven’t even talked to my agent yet. I haven’t had any times to think about that. I imagine in the next few days they’ll be some conversations and short discussion. As a player, this is a place that certainly is a desirable location, it’s got everything you need for myself and most importantly for my family. The team’s good, I’ve been here, I’m comfortable here. It will just take a little more time, like I said, to gain perspective and just relax for right now.”

On if he is concerned that there has been no deal up until this point:

“It hasn’t concerned me because I understand that there are other things that happen. I understand the team has other priorities bigger than just myself, and that’s the way it goes. I’m not offended, I don’t get disrespected by anything. It’s unfortunate that maybe it couldn’t be taken care of but it’s not like I harbor any ill will against the Kings with the way they’ve done things.”

On Darryl Sutter’s coaching job considering the players were injured:

“I think Darryl did a tremendous job. I love playing for him as a player. He has a great feel for what the team has going on and almost in a sense, what the team’s thinking. He know maybe how to counteract with that or work with it and I’ve really enjoyed playing with him. As far as coming into the season, when you think about a Stanley Cup hangover and season struggle. I’m not saying as a team we didn’t have our struggles during the season, but you can’t overlook the job that Darryl and the entire coaching staff has done in getting our strong footing especially when I think of late March into April, how we were able to play down the stretch and become a dominant team again.  Like I said before, unfortunate that we lost our home ice, but you can’t say enough about those guys have done in the staff to get ourselves not only back into the post season but also to win a couple of rounds.”

On Slava Voynov’s improvement this year:

“I think the biggest thing with Slava is his ability to just choose the situations when he’s going to be active offensively and when he’s not going to be. A tremendous part of any young, offensive-minded defense men development. His decision making I think was extraordinary this year. He has that ability to know when to jump into the play and what spot to jump into the play and he also knows when he has to stay back and when he has to be careful. That’s a big, I think maybe even the biggest part, of an offensive-minded defense men’s skill set. They have the skills to do a lot of things but you have to mentally realize when you can do them and when you shouldn’t.”

Feel free to compare some of that to what Lombardi said yesterday, see the link down below for more information.

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