It’s Official. Scotty Go Bye-Bye.

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 02: Ryan Johnson #10 of the Vancouver Canucks is elbowed by Scott Niedermayer #27 of the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at the Honda Center on April 2, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) 

He was ours for a mere five years (four as Captain), but after only two seasons, it felt like the Ducks had never existed without his smooth-as-silk style, quiet reserve and the occasional dust-up to remind the squirts that the old man was still a force to be reckoned with.

I wrote a piece here about the heart of the Ducks back in April. 

If Niedermayer was a soldier, he wouldn’t be able to stand up because the weight of all the medals pinned to his uniform.  To date, he is the only player to have earned so much hardware: Stanley Cup (a staggering four times), Conn Smythe, two Olympic gold medals, the Memorial Cup, IIHF gold, world junior and a World Cup title.

He was originally scheduled to announce by early July, but now the Ducks have a bit more wiggle room coming into the draft.  Hmmm, Emerson Etem anyone?

The OC Register posted a nice piece this morning here.

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