Penguins Orpik, Scuderi invited to U.S. Olympic hockey camp
Penguins defensemen Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi have been invited to the 2009 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey orientation camp.
In all 34 players representing 22 NHL teams were invited to the camp, set for Aug. 17-19 in Woodridge, Ill. The camp is designed to assist in the preparation for the 2010 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team that will compete at the Vancouver Winter Games from Feb. 12-28.
Orpik and Scuderi will be greeted by some familiar faces, as former teammates Ryan Whitney and Ryan Malone also received invites.
Whitney, a defenseman with Anaheim, and Malone, a winger and Upper St. Clair native now with Tampa Bay, joined Orpik and Scuderi on the Penguins’ 2008 Stanley Cup Final squad.
Scuderi may not be a Penguin by the time of that camp, however.
He is expected test the free-agent market on Wednesday, and the Penguins might lack salary cap space to keep him. The Penguins are committed to $51.2 million against the $56.8 million cap for next season, and Scuderi could command an annual salary near the $3.5 million that New Jersey reportedly has paid to re-sign defenseman Johnny Douay.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero plans to continue negotiations today with several possible unrestricted free agents, including Scuderi and fellow defenseman Hal Gill, and winger Ruslan Fedotenko.
is a former freelancer.