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Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Devils to retire Niedermayer's No. 27 in Dec.

By Brian Stubits

The Devils will retire the number of Scott Niedermayer on Dec. 16 against the Dallas Stars. The team made the announcement on Monday just about the same time two of their geographic rivals were announcing the Winter Classic plans. Talk about a sense of timing.

“Scott Niedermayer’s talent and leadership played significant roles in each of our three Stanley Cup Championships,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. “We look forward to welcoming the Niedermayer family back to New Jersey as we retire Scott’s No. 27.”

Niedermayer's number will join Scott Stevens' No. 4 and Ken Daneyko's No. 3 in the rafters in New Jersey as the only retired numbers in franchise history. Interestingly enough, Niedermayer trails only those two in games played by a defenseman in team history.

“You don’t really think about it, but then when you do get that call and you do have the time to think about it, it means a lot,” Niedermayer said. “I was in New Jersey for a long time and had a lot of great things happen to me there. It’s a special honor, for sure.”

The five-time All-Star ended his career with 172 goals and 568 assists and a Norris Trophy in 2003-04. He was selected by the Devils with the third overall pick in the 1991 draft and he remains the youngest player to play a game in team history.

Niedermayer was also part of the Ducks' lone Stanley Cup, captaining Anaheim to the win. And wouldn't you know it, the Ducks are in town on Dec. 17. We'll just call it another case of curious timing.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 9:56 am

Daily Skate: Devils planning Niedermayer night?

By Brian Stubits

NIEDERMAYER NIGHT? It's seems to be only a matter of time before the Devils honor Scott Niedermayer and retire his No. 27 jersey. According to Al Dhalla of Super Agent Inc., it will happen on Dec. 16 against the Stars. Tom Gulitti at the Bergen Record couldn't confirm the plans with Niedermayer, but Scott did acknowledge he has talked about it with the Devils in the past. "Lou [Lamoriello] will do it when he feels it's right to do. In my eyes at least, I don't think anything has been finalized anyway."

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