The highlights of Scott Niedermayer’s conference call with the national media today…
“It wasn’t different. I’d gone over this a long time – four, five months – months last year. After a shorter year and a shorter playoff run, I feel ready
to go, a lot more energized. That’s probably the biggest difference.”
“We’ve got the kid this year and the next thing would be a
On having apprehension about costing anyone their job by coming back:
“It wasn’t a part of it. With
the salary cap, that’s going to happen. Talking with Brian (Burke) and other people,
there’s going to be changes one way or another. Things are going to change one
way or another. I’m not going to take too much responsibility. It was something
I thought about, but this is professional sports, and it happens.”
Did you think about wanting to end your career on top?
“I never really have thought
a lot about finishing my career a certain way. That’s pretty difficult to
orchestrate, to have work out how you like it. I don’t think a lot about that.”
Do you think this will be your last season?
“If I had to place a guess, I’d say yes, but I’ve been wrong
before in my thinking. If I had to make a decision, I’d say yeah, this would
probably be it.”
How is your brother, Rob, recovering from the injury he sustained in the playoffs against Dallas?
“He went home about 3 weeks ago. I’ve asked
him a few times, he says he feels pretty good. Once you get on the ice, his
answer will be a little clearer. He’s definitely had a few bumps in his career.
It’s definitely something he thinks about.”