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Devils sign C Rob Niedermayer

Friday, 09.25.2009 / 1:38 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils sign C Rob Niedermayer
Rob Niedermayer
The Devils have signed free agent center Rob Niedermayer. The announcement was made by Devils' President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello on Friday.

"I felt that we needed a little size and strength down the middle," Lamoriello said. "Now with Travis (Zajac) and Zubie (Dainius Zubrus) and Robbie, I think we have three pretty good size, strength center ice men. We know Robbie well, of course. We've played against him enough in the Stanley Cup (Finals). He's had tremendous Stanley Cup experience and can be used in different roles."

Niedermayer, who turns 35 in December, scored 14 goals and seven assists in 79 games with Anaheim in 2008-09. The younger brother of former Devils defenseman Scott, Niedermayer lost to the Devils in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals before capturing the trophy with the Ducks in 2007.

Niedermayer, currently in Kamloops, B.C., is expected to join the team by Monday.

The native of Cassiar, British Columbia, has compiled 171 goals and 257 assists for 428 points in 1,011 games with Florida, Calgary and Anahiem. A 15-year NHL veteran, Niedermayer was the Panthers' first choice, fifth overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft.

Lamoriello said the signing had nothing to do with the timetable for Patrik Elias' return from groin surgery. Elias, the all-time franchise points leader, is expected to miss the next two to five weeks. He has begun working out, but has yet to skate since undergoing the procedure.

"What it does is give more flexibility and more options," Lamoriello said of Friday's acquisition.

Lamoriello also announced that the team has agreed to terms with Andrew Peters, though the two sides have yet to finalize a contract.

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