The Ducks will bring one of the strongest links to their 2007 Stanley Cup to the bench this season, naming distinguished defenseman Scott Niedermayer as an assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau on Friday.
Niedermayer, 39, has been retired since 2010 and has served as a hockey operations consultant to the team.
“Try to find answers for guys, give advice, little things I see when I’m watching a game,” Niedermayer said of his expected contributions. “We have some veteran defensemen I might not be quite as involved with. But we also have some young guys that … defense is a position, I found, you were learning things all the way through your career.”
Niedermayer singled out Cam Fowler, 21, Luca Sbisa, 22, and other youngsters as those he’ll shepherd.
His hiring continues Boudreau’s push to improve a defense that ranked 19th in goals-against average last season in a campaign that did not include a playoff appearance.
“I’m very excited to expand my role with the Ducks and take on a new challenge,” Niedermayer said in a statement. “I’m grateful to … the Ducks organization for giving me this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”