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Notes from the Road - San Jose

Friday, 09.25.2009 / 7:51 PM / Features
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Notes from the Road - San Jose
Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


The Ducks were in the midst of their morning skate Friday at HP Pavilion in San Jose when word came down that Rob Niedermayer had signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Niedermayer, who spent five-plus seasons with the Ducks after having been acquired from the Calgary Flames in 2003, was an unrestricted free agent who had been among a host of NHL veterans having difficulty finding employment.

“He’s just happy all the waiting is over and he has a place to go play,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, Rob’s older brother.

The incredible irony in this development, obviously, is the fact that Scott Niedermayer spent the first 12 seasons of his NHL career in New Jersey, and opposed Rob when the Devils beat the Ducks in seven games in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals.

Now, the possibility exists that the two, who won a Stanley Cup together with the Ducks in 2007, could again square off in the Finals, only with Scott playing for the Ducks and Rob for New Jersey.

“That would really be tempting,” Scott Niedermayer said. “It will be different to see him in a Devils uniform -- and me not be in one. It’s a little weird, for sure.”

A longtime fixture at right wing on the Ducks’ checking line, Rob Niedermayer will play center in New Jersey, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters.

The Ducks, meanwhile, prepared for tonight’s preseason matchup with the Sharks, the penultimate game on an eight-game exhibition schedule that concludes with a Sunday contest against the Kings at Staples Center.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who made his pre-season debut in Thursday night’s 3-2, overtime victory at Vancouver, is not scheduled to be in tonight’s lineup. Getzlaf, recovering from July 29 sports-hernia surgery, emerged from Thursday’s game with no physical problems.

“Back-to-back (games) wouldn’t be smart,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “I think he looked rusty in some situations, but he definitely showed what kind of player he is.”

Getzlaf played 20 minutes, 40 seconds against the Canucks, tops among Ducks forwards, picked up the primary assist on a third-period goal by defenseman Ryan Whitney, tied right wing Corey Perry for team-high honors with four shots on goal and dished out three hits.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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