San Jose Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson confirmed a TSN report on Wed night that the Sharks were indeed one of three teams that coveted unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Niedermayer considered. However, in the end, Niedermayer chose to play with his brother Rob in Anaheim.
"We made an offer," said Wilson, of one of the League's premier defensemen on Wednesday. "This is a guy we had identified from the beginning and we were excited about this type of player considering joining our team."
The other teams listed in the report are Anaheim and his present club, the New Jersey Devils. While Niedermayer has captured three Stanley Cups and the 2004 Norris trophy as the NHL's top defenseman with the Devils, the Mighty Ducks provided a unique family opportunity.
The Sharks stressed that they will search all avenues to improve the team.