First the Anaheim Ducks have had to deal with word that their goaltender, J.S. Giguere, was unhappy. The rumours are starting again this week, with rumblings that defenceman Scott Niedermayer might be looking for a way out, too.
With the Ducks sitting near the basement of the Western Conference and with Niedermayer certainly not getting any younger, some are starting to suggest that the defender might be willing to move to a team like the New Jersey Devils.
When asked about a potential trade, Niedermayer was honest: “I think it’s a possibility. Last year we were kind of in a situation where we were teetering and there was some talk and rumors. You start to think about it. But I’m not thinking about that right now. Our goal right now is to do well on this road trip, to play good hockey and get into the playoff picture and compete with this team. When those bridges come, I’ll deal with them.”
Niedermayer currently sits on the Ducks with a one-year contract worth $6 million. He does not have a no-trade clause.
“If the team came to me, they’d be free to do what they wanted. I don’t have a no-trade,” he said. “We’re still a ways from there. When the time comes, hopefully we’ll be in the playoffs and ready to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
The Devils would have to be the frontrunners for Niedermayer’s services at this point. Before he signed with the Ducks for this season, the New Jersey club was interested and Lou Lamoriello did inquire as to the possibility. Some are speculating that Niedermayer might be game for joining his brother Rob on the Devils for one last run with his old club before retirement.
“Obviously I was with (Devils head coach) Jacques (Lemaire) here for quite a long time and had some success here. He’s a good coach,” Niedermayer said. “So I’m not surprised to see where those guys are. They’re a good hockey club and Jacques is a great coach.”
Whether there are moves in the air remains to be seen, of course, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Ducks started making some major shifts to recover at least some of the current season. It may be time for a shake-up in Anaheim and moving Niedermayer might just be the type of thing to change fortunes for the team.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.