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from the Anaheim Ducks,
With a decision looming on Friday’s game against Minnesota, Niedermayer said he feels prepared to play if it’s decided for him to do so.
“I would be ready,” Niedermayer said. “Would I be 100 percent? Probably not, but I probably won’t be. I’m going to need to get some games under my belt and go from there. I think Friday’s a possibility, but it’s really no up to me.”
A factor still being sorted out in getting Niedermayer on the ice is freeing up a roster space and the tagging room specified by Brian Burke when he announced the defenseman’s return on Dec. 5.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - (December 11, 2007) – In celebration of one of Anaheim’s many momentous 2007 events, the City of Anaheim will present the Stanley Cup on the City’s 2008 Rose Parade® float, titled “Anaheim, the World’s Celebration Destination!” on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. This will be the first time in the 119-year history of the Rose Parade that the coveted trophy will appear in the parade, coinciding with the first time that a California hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, has won the Stanley Cup.
via Ducks Blog,
Moving on, it wouldn’t be a full day if we didn’t have something to say about Scotty. We’ve just gotten word that he definitely will NOT play Wednesday night, and that it’s either going to be Friday against Minny or Sunday against San Jo….
We’re expecting word on a trade later today, but who knows if it will happen. Keep checking back on the home page to see what might have gone down.
added 7:07pm, The official status of Scott Niedermayer is “doubtful”. for tomorrow.
from the LA Times,
Carlyle is often the first to acknowledge the errors of the Ducks’ ways. It’s when there are plays such as the Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash leveling forward Rob Niedermayer in the first period that leaves the coach scratching his head.
“You put your stick up and touch a player’s hand, that’s a penalty,” Carlyle said. “If you put a stick between a player’s legs and impede his progress, that’s a penalty. And we were guilty of a couple of those things.
“When you’ve got players leaving their feet to make body checks and not get called, there’s a question. But that’s the way it goes.”
more (reg. req.) about the game last night with Columbus…
Well we know the Ducks are soon to make a trade and this bit from the Ducks Blog adds to it; or does it?...
With the Ducks down to six defensemen because of a bruised knee that sidelined Kent Huskins for a third consecutive game, the club signed and recalled minor-league veteran Bruno St. Jacques from American League affiliate Portland, Maine. St. Jacques might have been in the lineup because of a nagging injury plaguing one of the club’s defensemen who did play, but weather-related delays prevented St. Jacques from arriving from Portland in time for the game.
via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Burke is sitting on some deals that could be done in a heartbeat. He could move veteran Defenceman Sean O’Donnell for a draft pick or package defenceman Shane Hnidy and forward Brad May and the financial issues would be solved. But Burke is entertaining the idea of a “hockey trade” that would improve the Ducks and defenceman Mathieu Schneider would be part of that were it to happen.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Fans of the Anaheim Ducks are delighted that Scott Niedermayer has decided to end his self-imposed retirement and return to the team.
But should they be? And what about all the other hockey fans? How should they feel about it?
The answer is that when you get right down to it, there is cause for concern for everyone in this situation.
from the Ducks Blog,
“It’s business as usual,” Schneider said. “It’s a unique situation. Everybody knows something is going to happen. There’s always speculation. Rumors are flying, and something’s going to happen. It’s in Brian’s hands right now, but as a player, all you can do is just show up every day and go out there and work, keep going. It’s nothing new to me. I think it probably affects young guys more than it affects veteran players.
I wasn’t naïve. I knew it was a possibility at any time. I signed my deal without any kind of trade clause in it, so it’s always a possibility. But at the same time, who knows what’s going to happen right now? We really don’t. No one has any kind of inkling. There are a lot of different scenarios that could unfold. Until it happens, there’s no sense really worrying about it.”
more on the Ducks…
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Usually a pointless exercise, in the gridlocked NHL, except in the week of Scott Niedermayer’s return to the Anaheim Ducks, the team he helped to win the 2007 Stanley Cup. Before they can activate Niedermayer, the Ducks need to trade away a player signed to a contract through to the end of the 2008-09 earning around $900,000 to make the salary-cap numbers work. It would be easiest to move defenceman Mathieu Schneider, for a whole lot of reasons: First, Schneider was signed as Niedermayer’s replacement; with Niedermayer returning, the need to have him in the line-up is greatly reduced.
more… NHL talk, including Sid the Kid, Mark Recchi, etc.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
So here’s the bottom line - Niedermayer’s suspension will not be lifted until such time that he is a) in game shape; and, b) the Ducks make a trade to free up “tagging” room for next season.
How long all that takes only Burke knows for sure.
What we do know is that this all has to transpire in 21 days or less. Twenty-one days is the amount of time the league will allow Niedermayer to remain in a suspended state where he can practice with the team, work out with the team, but not be on the 23-man roster, not count against the cap or play a game.
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