1) We were originally told an announcement will be forth coming early this afternoon in Anaheim concerning on again, off again retiring Scott Niedermayer. As some of our regular readers may recall, we have been vocal in our chastisement of the future Hall of Fame defender for dragging his feet(skates) in making this decision. http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2007/07/penner-offer-sheet-to-force-niedermayer.html#links However it appears that Scott even at this late date has NOT Yet decided!!
2) While some thought he deserved time to make a decision, we felt that after a few weeks off he was obligated to let his employers know what direction he was going to take and not leave them hanging. In a 'salary cap NHL' a player who is owed another 13.5 million for 2 seasons needs to make clear his intentions as soon as possible. Here we are into September, with training camp a mere week away and we are still in the dark as to what Scott will decide to do. We find that absurd! While we're sure Brian Burke won't be saying anything derogatory about his (former-?)captain in public, privately we're sure he can't be too happy with the prolonged uncertainty.
3) We are told that Teemu Selanne is also soon to announce his intentions for the upcoming year. Like Niedermayer, it would have been the right thing to do to make this announcement sooner, but unlike Scott, he is not under contract. Our sources tell FAUXRUMORS that Teemu is NOT in any kind of game shape at the moment which may mean he's either going to announce retirement, or possibly leave open a late fall/early winter return.(That should heat up the rumor mill of his intended destination!) We're told the Ducks would entertain a mid season return from the Finnish Flash if they are given assurances of his intentions now.
4) Like Selanne, one possibility floating around the Niedermayer camp is an early/mid season return. To that we say, "What the hell for"??? Its not like Niedermayer is coming off a major injury or is dealing with a significant family/personal situation that requires his time. So whats his problem? We always knew he was somewhat of a flake(http://blog.peta.org/archives/2007/08/scott_niedermay_1.php) but to do that to his teammates and organization that invested a boat load of cash shows a lack of respect and selfishness we can not ignore. On-ice accomplishments aside, that would be a bush league maneuver. One that until now was relegated to the likes of Roger Clemens. Shit or get off the pot Scott!