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from the LA Times,
Much like Scott Niedermayer is wrestling with thoughts of retirement, so too is Selanne.
“The decision is way harder than I thought,” he told a small group of reporters at Anaheim Ice on Friday. “I thought it was going to be an easy decision and just move on. Obviously, everything has just been unbelievable here. When you have played something since you were 6 years old. . . . Now I know how players say how hard it is to retire….
I’m guessing I’m going to see how I feel when the season starts and I’m watching the games,” he said. “By then, I’ll know for sure whether I want to go back and play again. But right now, I feel at this point, there’s no way I can be as motivated” as needed.
“If I don’t feel the same way the next month or so, then it’s time to do something. It’s unbelievable, [this] decision. But it has to be right.”
read on (reg. req.)...and Selanne says he will only play for the Ducks.
Thursday night marked the first game of the 2007 pre-season. the L.A. Kings defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4.
Both teams’ starting goalies (Dan Cloutier and Ilya Bryzgalov) were pulled in the second period, between them letting in 7 goals on 28 shots. (So… NHL hockey is back, but—I dare say—great NHL hockey might take a while.)
More at Slam! Sports.
from the OC Register,
Most anywhere else, in most any other season, the addition of marquee free agents Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi would be the focal point of an NHL team’s training camp.
Schneider and Bertuzzi, who left the Detroit Red Wings to join the Ducks in early July, have remained mostly under the radar because of a preoccupation with the potential retirement of team captain Scott Niedermayer and unrestricted free-agent right wing Teemu Selanne….
“I think Todd and I both enjoy that,” Schneider said. “It takes a lot of pressure off us.”
from the CP via TSN,
The Anaheim Ducks officially suspended Scott Niedermayer on Tuesday, a formality that was expected on the first day of camp with the star defenceman a no-show.
“Yes, he was suspended today,” Ducks GM Brian Burke said during an NHL media conference call. “I spoke with Scott to tell him he was being suspended, which Scotty expected.”
from The Maven of MSG Network,
Scotty (Niedermayer) is looking more like Hamlet than Nieder. Unless, of course, he simply wants to escape training camp as Hall of Famer Glenn Hall and others did through the years.
from the LA Times,
“It was obviously a tremendous accomplishment,” defenseman Chris Pronger said of the Ducks’ first Cup title. “At that point, you feel it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. But now you’ve got to push yourselves even harder now.
“You’ve got an even bigger target on your back. Everybody’s going to be shooting for you, being the Stanley Cup champions.”
There is one goal left—one that only two teams have achieved in the last 20 years.
read on (reg. req.)
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Either Scott Niedermayer is planning on pulling a Roger Clemens by showing up after Christmas, or we need to re-evaluate the notion he’s one of the game’s great leaders.
The Ducks captain couldn’t possibly let his teammates and team management twist in the wind as it appears.
from the OC Register,
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said Thursday he expects to miss perhaps the first week of on-ice team drills while he completes recovery from Aug. 6 sports-hernia surgery. Iron-man center Samuel Pahlsson’s immediate future is even more uncertain after he underwent a similar procedure Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Giguere anticipates being ready for the club’s Sept. 29 NHL opener against the Kings in London, but Pahlsson’s club-record streak of 275 consecutive regular-season games played, the league’s seventh-longest current run, is in jeopardy.
“I’m coming along really well,” Giguere said. “The first three weeks, I couldn’t do much, but since then, I’ve been working out pretty hard, riding the bike and doing everything I need to do to get ready.
“I may start skating during the (next) week, but it’s going to be very easy skating. At worst, I’ll probably be a week behind everybody. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Just as Giguere experienced problems when he stepped up summer workouts, prescribed offseason rest was not enough to alleviate the abdominal pain that cost Pahlsson considerable practice time during last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
“He could have played through this, but it would have been a nagging injury,” general manager Brian Burke said. “The recovery time is 3-5 weeks. We anticipate that if he misses any regular-season time, it will be minimal.”
The Anaheim Ducks’ captain met with the media on Thursday, saying he has not yet decided on retirement, and will definitely be late to training camp should he decide to return. The Ducks being training camp next Tuesday.
Niedermayer told reporters that he solicited for advice from Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, as well as former New Jersey Devils teammates Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko. The future Hall of Fame defenceman added that he was not out of shape, but was not in hockey shape and is at least a month away from returning to form.
From The Hockey News
The Anaheim Ducks will announce Thursday that Conn Smythe winner Scott Niedermayer will not be attending Ducks training camp, a source told The Hockey News. [...]
A source also told The Hockey News veteran Teemu Selanne has indicated he is comfortable with the notion of being retired, although he has not announced his future plans yet.
And TSN reports,
The Anaheim Ducks have called a news conference for 1:30pm et on Thursday to discuss the playing status of captain Scott Niedermayer, amid reports that the All-Star defenceman will not be attending training camp.
Update 7:34pm ET
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
“He hasn’t decided that he wants to retire but I know he’s not certain he wants to start this soon,” Niedermayer’s agent Kevin Epp said Wednesday.
Update note: title originally read “Rob” Niedermayer because I’m an idiot today.
My thanks to Earl Sleek for sending me a note and not making too much fun of me!
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