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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.
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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!
from the OC Register,
Ducks general manager Brian Burke plans to meet with defenseman Scott Niedermayer today or Thursday to try to determine whether the team’s captain intends to retire or return for a 15th NHL season.
A similar meeting with right wing Teemu Selanne is likely follow in short order.
“Obviously, with (training) camp opening next week, we need to know what’s going on,” Burke said Tuesday.
While stories circulated in Canada last week suggesting that Niedermayer might have had a change of heart and be more likely to play another season, Burke’s latest telephone conversation with the four-time Stanley Cup winner included no such message.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
It is said that the remedy for thirst is to drink before you crave.
Unfortunately for Chicago hockey fans, that cure is nothing more than a mirage.
But for a few hundred lucky ones this weekend, ex-Blackhawks general manager Bob Murray—now the assistant GM in Anaheim and a star in the Ducks’ front office—delivered the chalice to a land parched by a half-century of drought.
The Stanley Cup was indeed here in Chicago, first at a party at Murray’s suburban home, and then at Ridgemoor Country Club on the Northwest Side, where fans and friends who waited a lifetime to drink from Lord Stanley’s hallowed bowl wet their lips and drenched their shirts.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
If anything, you’d think the NHL would wish to play a game in a country with a legitimate zeal for the sport, such as Sweden or Finland.
And if it were a matter of stepping on the toes of the elite leagues overseas, one would assume some sort of compromise could be reached to ensure that all parties remained content.
The entire idea is utterly bizarre, but it enters a new level of head scratching when you consider the two teams picked for these monumental games: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are somewhat understandable coming off a Stanley Cup championship.
Sending the Kings, however, is quite the puzzler.
I am really surprised Erin doesn’t mention one of the reason’s the Kings are involved is the Kings and the O2, the venue the games will be played in while in London, share the same owner.
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