Scott Niedermayer pondering retirement: reports
Could Scott Niedermayer's last NHL game have been the 2007 Stanley Cup final? Apparently, it's a possibility.
According to the Canadian Press, the 33-year-old standout defenceman is thinking about hanging up his skates, just weeks after leading the Anaheim Ducks to their first-ever Stanley Cup.
"Scott has indicated that he's thinking about retirement," Ducks general manager Brian Burke told CP on Tuesday.
Niedermayer, who has won virtually every major hockey prize over 14 NHL seasons — including the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP just two weeks ago — discussed his situation with Burke during exit interviews shortly after the Ducks captured the Cup.
On Monday, Niedermayer told ESPN.com that while retirement was on his mind, he wasn't leaning either way.
"I think every player, as they get older, begins to think about how much longer they're going to play," Niedermayer told the website. "I know I think about it."
Niedermayer's agent, Kevin Epp, spoke to his client Tuesday afternoon.
"He hasn't made a decision at all," said Epp. "He's got lots of things to think about."
The native of Cranbrook, B.C., could certainly retire with a full trophy case.
He's captured every prominent hockey title there is to win — Memorial Cup, world junior championship, world championship, Olympic gold, World Cup of Hockey and the Stanley Cup. Niedermayer has also won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman.
Niedermayer's recent Stanley Cup victory, his fourth, was special, as his brother Rob was also on the team.
Niedermayer was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round — third overall — in the 1991 NHL entry draft.He began his NHL career as a 19-year-old and has played 1,053 career games, scoring 140 goals and 608 points.
He had his most productive season last year, scoring a career-high 69 points (15 goals, 54 assists) in 79 games.
With files from The Canadian Press