Niedermayer had been suspended since the season started while he
pondered retirement. The 34-year-old Stanley Cup MVP announced his
impending return Dec. 5.
He helped the Ducks win their first Cup championship last
season, when he became the first Anaheim player to lead NHL
defensemen in scoring with 15 goals and 54 assists during the
The Ducks traded Andy McDonald to St. Louis on Friday, freeing
up enough money under the salary cap to activate Niedermayer.
McDonald was in the second year of a three-year, $10 million