According to TSN.ca, the Ducks and Scott Niedermayer have come to the conclusion that the Norris Trophy winning defenseman will be honouring the last year of his contract and playing with the Ducks in the coming season. Niedermayer is scheduled to earn $6.75 million this season.
After his decision to join the team in mid-December last season, Niedermayer, 34, played in 48 games and picked up 25 points (8G, 17A) in that stretch.
The team will now have to get creative with their salary situation now that they are committed to Niedermayer's huge deal, since they are currenly sitting in the ballpark of $50.5 million for 17 active skaters. The team is still currently trying to get Corey Perry under contract for next season, as they qualified him as a restricted free agent yesterday. It does seem likely that the team will have to trade one of their qualified defensemen to free up enough money for their remaining signings.
As for a pool projection, Niedermayer could very well hit 50 points this coming season, if he can play in all 82 games. He isn't quite the premier player he was, but he's certainly no slouch.