Blackhawks deal Scuderi to Kings for Ehrhoff

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings are swapping defensemen.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defenseman Rob Scuderi to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, the team announced.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie first reported that Ehrhoff was headed from L.A. to Chicago. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reportedScuderi would be going the other way.

The deal will potentially free up cap space for the Blackhawks in the off-season, with Ehrhoff set to become a free agent. According to McKenzie, the teams are working out financials in the deal, but it is expected to get done.

Scuderi, 37, was sent to Rockford of the AHL after being acquired from the Penguins via trade earlier in the season for Trevor Daley. Scuderi won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012. He has four assists in 42 games this season.

Ehrhoff, 33, has two goals and eight assists in 40 games for the Kings.

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The Blackhawks (82 points) and Kings (76 points) hold the second and third-best records in the Western Conference, respectively, entering Friday.