Scott Niedermayer has begun skating at an undisclosed Southland rink and could return to the Ducks as soon as mid-December if he decides to continue his playing career, his agent said Wednesday.
Kevin Epp stressed that his client has not made a decision and does not expect to make one for "another month." Epp said that Niedermayer, 34, has been preparing for a possible return since last week and has been on the ice with former Ducks Travis Green and Jeff Friesen.
"I think he knows if he does come back, maybe he's not exactly where he'd like to be but he wants to be as close to the top of his game as possible," Epp said.
Niedermayer has been contemplating retirement since the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in June. It was his first with Anaheim after winning three titles in New Jersey.