Breaking News: Scott Neidermayer to Announce Retirement

TSN is reporting that Scott Neidermayer, one of the best defensemen in the modern history of the NHL, will announce his retirement at a press conference later today at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

In his storied career, Neidermayer has won 4 Stanley Cups, two olympic gold medals, a Memorial Cup, a Norris Trophy, a Conn Smythe trophy, and 8 All-Star game appearances. Excuse me while I catch my breath.

In his final season with the Ducks, where he spent the last 5 years of his career, Neidermayer led all Ducks defensemen with 48 points (10 goals, 38 assists, with a -9 rating) and proved to be the leader of Team Canada at February's Olympics.

A definite first ballot hall of famer in 3 years.

Behind him, Neidermayer leaves a Ducks team that struggled this past year, and a team that will need to find a suitable replacement, having traded away Chris Pronger last summer and left with a fairly thin blueline.

More to come,