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Niedermayer returning to Ducks

From Dan Wood of the Orange County Register:

The Ducks will announce today that standout defenseman Scott Niedermayer will return to the team for the 2008-09 NHL season.

Niedermayer, 34, sat out the first 34 games last season while contemplating retirement in the wake of the Ducks winning the 2007 Stanley Cup championship. He returned for the final 48 games, finishing with eight goals, 25 points and a minus-2 mark.

Read more about Niedermayer from the Ducks Blog here.

Well, there you have it. Niedermayer is returning to the Ducks. This is no surprise considering he decided to return half-way through last season. The Ducks are obviously very excited the veteran is coming back. He is still one of the top five defensemen in the league and he will benefit from having a full off-season of training and a month of training camp prior to the season beginning.