Scott Niedermayer update

A woman at the front desk of the rink in Westminster where Scotty began practicing 10 days ago says he hasn’t been on the premises since that initial workout. Hmmm.

Meanwhile, Brian Burke staunchly defended his decision to wait for Niedermayer to un-retire. Or retire:

“He’s making 6.75, 7 million a year. He’s walking away right now from – I’m going to yank out a calculator – 6.75 divided by 190 days … that’s 35 [specifically, $35,526.13] a day. Is that a guy who you can force a decision?”

Burke said he’ll wait to make any more trades like Monday’s until a) the whole team is healthy and playing together [which could happen Wednesday]; b) Scott Niedermayer knows if he’s retired or not.

One other point of discussion during Monday’s Brian-Sutherby-turned-Todd-Bertuzz-turned-Scott-Niedermayer conference call: If SN comes back, does he have to wait the NHL-mandated 21-day training period before coming back?

“We’ve asked the league how this works, does Scott Niedermayer owe us 21 days, or is this a shorter period we can agree to? They said, if and when, we could talk about it … My guess is it’s up to us. … But this is putting the horse way ahead of the cart.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.