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09:58 AM ET 09.18 | Now that Scott Niedermayer has retired as an active NHL player, the Devils are considering retiring No. 27 at some point this season. General manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger no date has been set to raise No. 27 to the Prudential Center rafters aloingside Nos. 4 and 3. However, it could happen before the season is out.

Newark Star-Ledger

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September 18, 2010  10:12 AM ET

That's all warm and fuzzy but shouldn't Lulu be more concerned with retiring a few bloated contracts?

September 18, 2010  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That's all warm and fuzzy but shouldn't Lulu be more concerned with retiring a few bloated contracts?

He made the mess now he is going to have to lie down in it.. as far as Neidermeyer there will be time for honoring him later

September 18, 2010  10:54 AM ET

He will always be remembered as a Devil by me

September 18, 2010  11:25 AM ET

Retire his number? Id hafta think about that one.

September 18, 2010  01:30 PM ET

Yes this should be the first order of business! Get that # retired.............then worry about the well being of the team!

September 18, 2010  01:37 PM ET

I've always liked him. He's smooth, good skater, good head for the game (loved his dribbler on Roberta couple years back).

But I've always thought him a wee bit overrated, and certainly not on a level with what I would call the greats, Bourque, Lidstrom, Robinson, Park, Orr, etc.

He was a slightly more physical, less offensively talented Paul Coffey.

September 18, 2010  02:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I've always liked him. He's smooth, good skater, good head for the game (loved his dribbler on Roberta couple years back).But I've always thought him a wee bit overrated, and certainly not on a level with what I would call the greats, Bourque, Lidstrom, Robinson, Park, Orr, etc. He was a slightly more physical, less offensively talented Paul Coffey.

Coffey? He's a bit slow for that comparison no? I know he's a good skater, but Coffey was fast!

I think he was a good player, and maybe a touch over rated, but he crought something to each team he played for, and brought Cups as well. Not too bad!

September 18, 2010  03:18 PM ET

Still isnt number retiring worthy. No offense to ya Scott.

September 18, 2010  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Still isnt number retiring worthy. No offense to ya Scott.

I agree. He hasn't given the game that much, but at the same time, he was a staple in NJ!!!

September 18, 2010  04:37 PM ET

While reading Iain McIntyre in todays Vancouver Sun .Found an interesting point made about injuries and the salary cap .All these reports state that (ie Salo's hurt therefore the Canucks are under the cap) the teams can transfer salary to the injury list is wrong .To get the NHL's long-term injury provisions the players have to be on the opening day roster .Seems hard to believe that all these sportswriters are not checking facts like they did in the day .As anyone who thought Pat Burns died yesterday would know.

September 18, 2010  04:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He was a slightly more physical, less offensively talented Paul Coffey.

Far more defensively talented too

September 18, 2010  05:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Still isn't number retiring worthy. No offense to ya Scott.

Al Hamilton Edmonton
Johnny McKenzie Hartford (he played 2 years there)
Rogie Vachon LAKings
Michel Briere Penguins
Stan Smyl Vancouver
Bob Gasooff St.Louis
Barclay Plager St.Louis
Barry Ashbee Philadelphia
Ken Daneyko NJ
Adam Graves NYR
Tim Horton Buffalo
Yvon Labre Washington
Thomas Steeen Winnipeg
Glen Wesley Carolina
The Minnesota Wild fans have the #1 retired for them
Now I understand there are a few tragedies on the list above but you honour those numbers (take them out of circulation which they originally did for Briere) you do not retire them in the rafters those are for Stanley Cups and great players
If all these names above are on the list than Scott's should be up there too
Bill Masterton Minnesota

September 18, 2010  05:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Al Hamilton EdmontonJohnny McKenzie Hartford (he played 2 years there)Rogie Vachon LAKingsMichel Briere PenguinsStan Smyl VancouverBob Gasooff St.LouisBarclay Plager St.LouisBarry Ashbee PhiladelphiaKen Daneyko NJAdam Graves NYRTim Horton BuffaloYvon Labre WashingtonThomas Steeen WinnipegGlen Wesley CarolinaThe Minnesota Wild fans have the #1 retired for them Now I understand there are a few tragedies on the list above but you honour those numbers (take them out of circulation which they originally did for Briere) you do not retire them in the rafters those are for Stanley Cups and great players If all these names above are on the list than Scott's should be up there tooBill Masterton Minnesota

Good comparison list Swampy.

September 18, 2010  05:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Al Hamilton EdmontonJohnny McKenzie Hartford (he played 2 years there)Rogie Vachon LAKingsMichel Briere PenguinsStan Smyl VancouverBob Gasooff St.LouisBarclay Plager St.LouisBarry Ashbee PhiladelphiaKen Daneyko NJAdam Graves NYRTim Horton BuffaloYvon Labre WashingtonThomas Steeen WinnipegGlen Wesley CarolinaThe Minnesota Wild fans have the #1 retired for them Now I understand there are a few tragedies on the list above but you honour those numbers (take them out of circulation which they originally did for Briere) you do not retire them in the rafters those are for Stanley Cups and great players If all these names above are on the list than Scott's should be up there tooBill Masterton Minnesota

Doesn't make it right.

September 18, 2010  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Doesn't make it right.

This is a subjective team retirement .it really doesn't matter what we think Buc they want to honor him they can that was what the list I made was about .And the number of bad drivers on the list .And then there's the joke of 99 retired league wide Understand Los Angeles & of course Edmonton but Vancouver he nixed a deal to them and chose LA .Philadelphia (2X) NY Islanders and Boston lost the Cup to Gretzky led teams why are they honoring him

September 18, 2010  06:38 PM ET

Im a big scotty fan i just think the number retirements are starting to be part of Bettmans clownshow to bring in fans instead of having a good product. There are way too many "tribute' nights anymore. Our junior A team here (sarnia sting) have some sort of crap before almost every game.Just drop the damn puck.
Getting your number retired use to be saved for the elite of the elite.

September 18, 2010  08:12 PM ET

Sweater retirees are a team thing, not an indication of all time greatness. Trevor Linden for example, Stan Smyl.

In the end you smoke what you have in the baggie. If all you have is twigs and seeds that's what you hang in the rafters.

September 18, 2010  08:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Coffey? He's a bit slow for that comparison no? I know he's a good skater, but Coffey was fast!I think he was a good player, and maybe a touch over rated, but he crought something to each team he played for, and brought Cups as well. Not too bad!

Neidenfeurher was a great skater. Sure, not as fast as Coffey but he was one of those effortless skaters. And it allows your carrer to "extend".

I forgot to add winner to my list of things that he was. And in my opinion, winning is EVERYTHING.

September 18, 2010  08:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Far more defensively talented too

I think Coffey could have done the defensive thing too, recall him swooping back in the 87 series to save a goal? But Deadmonton had other (Huddy, Lowe, Smith) guys to do that so they unleashed Coffey to do what he did best.

So I'd argue that their defensive skills might be on par with each other.

Coffey had much "thicker" hair though. No need for a comb over.

 
September 18, 2010  08:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

While reading Iain McIntyre in todays Vancouver Sun .Found an interesting point made about injuries and the salary cap .All these reports state that (ie Salo's hurt therefore the Canucks are under the cap) the teams can transfer salary to the injury list is wrong .To get the NHL's long-term injury provisions the players have to be on the opening day roster .Seems hard to believe that all these sportswriters are not checking facts like they did in the day .As anyone who thought Pat Burns died yesterday would know.

Apparently Marc Savard has post-concussion syndrome and is being held out of camp

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