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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Saturday and Sunday Pt. 2 - The rest of the story

I've got the latest update on Scott Niedermayer, rumors and a few other interesting items for you today.  Enjoy!

Scott gearing up to make a decision

Ducks General Manager Brian Burke said Scott Niedermayer hasn't given him a deadline on whether he'll indeed retire or return to the team in light of a report out of Canada that said the former team captain will decide on his playing future well before Christmas.
Burke said he spoke with Niedermayer before Saturday's game at Phoenix and said the defenseman remains indecisive. Niedermayer continues to be suspended by the team so that his $6.75-million annual salary won't count against the cap.

"I've heard about it," Burke said of the TSN website report. "I'm going to call him again over the next couple of days and see what he's thinking. He has not told me about any deadline. He told TSN about it."

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A little more on Schneider's shootout thoughts

Defenseman Mathieu Schneider, asked by the L.A. Times what he thought when Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle put him in a shoot-out Thursday: "Don't fan on it. I thought he was kidding at first, to tell you the truth. Mike Babcock never had confidence in me. I showed him."

(Schneids, who scored the decisive shoot-out goal in a 2-1 win over Columbus, was joshing Babcock.)

Read the rest here - Link has an update on Getzlaf and Scott Niedermayer rumors

The second rumor, FAR more likely in my eyes, is that Getzlaf is close to signing an extension with the Ducks. This would be smart by Burke, to lock Getzlaf up as soon as possible for three reasons:

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Want to win  a Ducks road trip?  Welk resorts is giving one away - Link

Burke wants to mix more things up in the NHL

Brian Burke is trying to promote movement in the National Hockey League.

Three executives told Sun Media yesterday the Anaheim Ducks president/general manager has asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to study a proposal that would allow teams to pick up a portion of a player's contract to help facilitate trades.

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