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Devils sign Rob Niedermayer

Friday, 09.25.2009 / 2:03 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News
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 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.

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