After working out for the last month, Scott Niedermayer has decided that it's time for a comeback—pending a physical, of course.
Getting the future Hall-of-Famer back in the fold is bound to help the Anaheim Ducks—and Niedermayer's return couldn't have come at a better time.
The reigning Stanley Cup champs are currently stuck in ninth place after a slow start to the season. They've begun to turn things around of late, but are still missing a few key pieces from their championship roster.
One of them, of course, is Scott Niedermayer, who's hoisted the Cup four times in his NHL career.
That said, while most fans would expect the vet to be in the Ducks lineup as soon as he's cleared to play, Anaheim GM Brian Burke apparently has other ideas.
Burke seems to still be peeved that Scott never reported to training camp. He has stated that Niedermayer is still under suspension—and won't get back on the ice for another week or so.
The real question here is how much rust the 34-year-old will have to shake off. After a six-month break, Niedermayer is bound to need a few games to find his groove—but I still expect him to give the Ducks the boost they need to get back in the playoffs.
One more question that's sure to be making the rounds in Anaheim:
With Nieds back in the lineup, will Teemu Selanne be soon to follow?