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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News - Scott Niedermayer Coverage

Here is all the news related to his return.

TSN has good analysis of the effects of his return Video (Pre Announcement)- Link

TSN Report

The Anaheim Ducks made it official Wednesday as the team announced that Scott Niedermayer would return for the remainder of the season.

The announcement, made prior to the Ducks game against the Buffalo Sabres, ended weeks of speculation surrounding the four-time Stanley Cup champion's pseudo-retirement.

"We are obviously very pleased that Scotty has chosen to come back and play," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. "He earned the right to take time in making a decision, one that was clearly difficult for him."

The three-time all-star has not played this season after capturing the Conn Smythe trophy last season while helping lead the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.  He has been under suspension by the team after failing to report to Ducks training camp as he has mulled retirement.

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Globe and Mail Coverage

Even as he broached the possibility of retirement soon after the Anaheim Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup, Scott Niedermayer was always careful to keep the door open for a possible return.

Niedermayer, who skipped training camp and the first two months of the season to ponder his future, made it official Wednesday — he will return to the Ducks for the remainder of the 2007-08 season and playoffs, assuming they qualify for postseason play.

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Battle of California Coverage

Let's cover the key points about the press conference, though I'm not going to add too much just yet.

  • The announcement was strictly that Scott would play for the Ducks this year, but the timing is still up in the air. One of the main complications comes from a CBA thing called 'tagging'--I'm not going to do the proper research here, so here's Bob McKenzie's description:
    With Niedermayer potentially returning, and with another year left on his contract after this season, the Ducks could not add him to the roster now without freeing up cap room for next season. In the new CBA, it's called 'tagging' room and the Ducks don't have enough of it next season to allow Niedermayer back on the roster this season – unless they move a player who is under contract for next season.

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