On a conference call with reporters, Ducks general manager Bob Murray said today that whether or not Scott Niedermayer retires or re-signs is “the key to everything” he does in the offseason.
“Scotty is irreplacable,” Murray said. “He’s everything to this group. We’re going to have to see where he goes before I see where I go.
“The biggest (priority) is definitely, let’s not kid ourselves, where are Scotty and Teemu going to be? I heard the comment (by Selanne) where I chuckled to myself, we’re going to see what Bob’s going to do. Well, Bob’s decisions are based on what they do.”
We’ll catch up with Niedermayer and Selanne tomorrow and see if we can shed any light on the bigger picture after they’ve met with the GM.