Niedermayer decision close.

Scott Niedermayer, speaking today on “NHL Live!” (a show simulcast on Sirius/XM and on the NHL Network), said he is close to making a decision about his playing future.

“It’s got to come pretty soon,” the Ducks’ captain said. “The draft and July 1 are coming closer and the team needs to move ahead with their plans.”

Niedermayer has contemplated retirement before coming back to play each of the last two seasons. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

He did not indicate if the recent decision of 40-year-old Nicklas Lidstrom to return to the Detroit Red Wings would influence his own.

“With what I’ve been through, I think I understand both sides very well,” Niedermayer said.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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