Ducks ink D Schneider to multi-year deal

Jul 1, 2007 - 8:57 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks apparently did not want to be left flat-footed if their captain elects to retire.

With Conn Smythe Trophy winner Scott Niedermayer hinting toward retirement, the Ducks on Sunday signed fellow offensive defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a multi-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed, but TSN of Canada is reporting Schneider will make $11.25 million over two years.

"Scott Niedermayer has informed me that he is leaning toward retirement," Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said in a statement. "Typical of his character and leadership, he made the call this morning in order to allow us to make alternative plans in the event he does not return.

"Although he has not retired and would be welcomed back, we felt adding another top NHL defenseman was critical to defending our championship. Mathieu Schneider fits into that category and will be a great addition to our team."

The 38-year-old Schneider posted his sixth career - and second consecutive - 50-point season in 2006-07, recording 11 goals and 41 assists in 68 games with Detroit.

A two-time All-Star, Schneider was a third-round pick of Montreal in 1987. During his 6 1/2-season stint with the Canadiens, he helped them to their 24th Stanley Cup championship in 1993.

Schneider also played for the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings before joining the Red Wings in March 2003. A two-time Olympian, the New York native has collected 200 goals and 463 assists in 1,132 career games.

The 33-year-old Niedermayer, a former Norris Trophy winner who won three Stanley Cups with New Jersey, helped lead Anaheim to the first championship in franchise history last month.

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