The Halifax Daily News is reporting that Ducks defenseman Joe DiPenta has verbally agreed to a one year contract with the Ducks. While no official announcement has been made by the Ducks the fact that Adam Brady (Director of Publications and New Media for the Anaheim Ducks) posted this to his blog on the team's site is a good indication that it is true.
The question this signing now poses is... Does this mean definitively that Scott Niedermayer is retiring? If we look at the Ducks depth chart we see that they now have eight NHL defenseman, including Niedermayer.
1. Scott Niedermayer
2. Chris Pronger
3. Mathieu Schneider
4. Francois Beauchemin
5. Sean O'Donnell
6. Kent Huskins
7. Shane Hnidy
8. Joe DiPenta
Sadly, I believe this means that Scott Niedermayer is going to retire and that Shane Hnidy and Joe DiPenta will split time as the team's sixth defenseman.
If in fact this is the case, I'm glad the last time I saw Scotty on the ice was when he hoisted the Cup over his head.