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TSN is reporting that Scott Niedermayer has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Anaheim Ducks. So much for Vancouver's chances.

Niedermayer, 35, will make $6-million (U.S.), according to the report. His signing means that the ranks of free-agent defencemen are now quite thin.

Jay Bouwmeester signed with the Calgary Flames last night, and Mike Komisarek has reportedly agreed to join the New York Islanders. Mattias Ohlund is bound for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Anaheim's Francois Beauchemain and Pittsburgh's Rob Scuderi are probably the best available defencemen.





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Based in Vancouver, Matthew spearheads the Globe's sports coverage in B.C., and spends most of his time with the NHL Canucks and CFL Lions. He has worked for four dailies and TSN since graduating from Carleton University's School of Journalism a decade ago, and has covered the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Grey Cups, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals. More

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