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from Russo’s Rants,
Look for Niedermayer to officially retire in the very near future.
His brother Rob was married Saturday in Victoria, BC, in front of several current and past teammates, including two of the best guys I’ve ever covered, Ray Whitney and Len Barrie.
According to those in the know, Scott Niedermayer delayed his announcement so Rob wouldn’t have to deal with questions leading up to his wedding.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
As Burke chills in his deck chair, his mind will be rocking with his ship as he tries to figure how to keep Niedermayer around.
There is no room for a Roger Clemens clause in this sport that lets a celebrity player drop in whenever he wishes, not that Niedermayer would play by those rules anyway.
“What was the quote about Alexander The Great?” Burke said. “He wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. I think that’s part of what’s affecting Scotty as he tries to make this decision.”
It will take some creativity, although one can be assured that the Ducks will give their fans every opportunity to give Niedermayer a hearty say-it-ain’t-so….
Burke is concerned that, after five years or so, teams can buy out the unexpired years. At that point only 75 percent of the bought-out time counts against the salary cap. And how many of those deals are pre-arranged?
“I’m not saying it’s happening with these teams,” Burke said, “but maybe we should have a limit on years in the next agreement.
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
John Miller owns a small business in the city of Orange and has had experience with workers who make mistakes. Sometimes they are big ones.
So when the subject comes up about Todd Bertuzzi, signed by the Ducks on Monday, Miller’s reaction is tempered by that experience.
“Everybody deserves a second chance,” he said. Miller is not alone.
from the LA Times,
But that didn’t stop Schneider, a fine defenseman in his own right, from taking his own stab at persuading Scott Niedermayer to put off retirement for another run at the Stanley Cup.
“I think if Scotty’s there, we’re a better team,” Schneider said after signing a two-year, $11.25-million deal Sunday. “If he’s not there, then it’s going be a bigger role for me to fill.
“I hope he decides not to retire. If he does, more power to him. Either way, I’m just excited about the opportunity and the possibilities. I think we have a tremendous chance to defend the Stanley Cup.”
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from the OC Register,
In addition to his relationship with Burke, the club’s talent base and the raucous Honda Center atmosphere during the playoffs contributed to Bertuzzi wanting to join the Ducks.
“Obviously, it’s pretty special when you can get the defending Stanley Cup champions to find room to fit you in,” Bertuzzi said. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity. Being there in the playoffs and seeing first-hand what an unbelievable rink it is, I think it’s going to be an unbelievable place to play.
“I’m just going to come in to fit into their program, because it’s been successful. I just want to get my game back to where it can and should be.”
From The Fourth Period,
The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed unrestricted free agent left wing Brad May, TFP has learned.
May’s agent, Pat Morris, confirmed to TFP during a radio interview (click to listen) that the two sides have agreed on a new contract.
Terms of the deal are not yet known.
continued… *includes audio of an interview with Pat Morris, also Todd Bertuzzi’s agent
Update July 3, 5:09pm ET:
Duck Press Release - 2 year deal
per Breaking News on TSN. Todd Bertuzzi has been signed to a 2-year deal by the Anaheim Ducks. More to come.
added 7:18pm, Link now available at TSN.
added 8:38pm, $4M per…
TSN has a scroll on their homepage stating Niedermayer about to announce his retirement.
I know a press confernece is just completing, but we expected this announcement after the signing of Schneider.
added 8:53pm, from the Anaheim Ducks,
I wanted to give Brian as strong as picture as I could. Brian has asked me to take time and think it through and make the proper decision. I’m trying to do a lot of things at once.
This isn’t something that sort of popped into my head a day after we won. Throughout the year, after the first season we had in Anaheim, and then the next year, you’re on the road and you have plenty of time to think about what you want to do with your career. I thought about something like this and after it happened, I would consider retirement. That’s where we’re at.
I’ll miss the people, the teammates. I think that’s a pretty special bond you have with those guys. You’re competing at a very high level. You need each other and trust each other. Playing at that level, I’ll miss that. There are guys in Canada who play till they’re 70 years old. The game is always there. I’ll miss that as well.
TSN Update 9:19pm…
via the Anaheim Ducks,
“Scott Niedermayer has informed me that he is leaning toward retirement,” said Burke. “Typical of his character and leadership, he made the call this morning in order to allow us to make alternative plans in the event he does not return. Although he has not retired and would be welcomed back, we felt adding another top NHL defenseman was critical to defending our championship. Mathieu Schneider fits into that category and will be a great addition to our team.”
Thanks to HockeyFights.com for the tip…
per TSN, Schneider a Duck…
The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenceman Mathieu Schneider to a two-year deal paying him $5.5 million and $5.75 million.
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