For the first time since his brother Scott came into the league in 1991-92, there won’t be a Niedermayer in the NHL. Former Buffalo Sabres center Rob Niedermayer will play the 2011-12 season overseas with Lugano in Switzerland, according to Darren Dreger.
While his brother Scott is poised for a Hall of Fame induction after completing superlative work with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks, Rob will settle for his useful career in the league. As Battle of California‘s Earl Sleek would say, Rob Niedermayer was a “Hall of Famer along the boards” but a plodding defensive forward in other areas of the ice.
Niedermayer’s first great run came with fellow high Florida Panthers draft pick Ed Jovanovski (Rob Niedermayer was the fifth overall pick of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft; Jovocop was the first pick in ’94) as the duo factored into Florida’s one great run to the 1996 Stanley Cup finals. Niedermayer served as a solid defensive forward in Florida, Calgary and Anaheim before bouncing around in New Jersey and Buffalo during the last two seasons.
His most valuable moment probably came when he helped lure his brother to Anaheim. Bringing Scott helped give that team some much-needed credibility while the Chris Pronger trade gave the team two Norris Trophy winners. The team promptly won the 2007 Stanley Cup with that combination and Rob was there to celebrate with his brother.
Maybe he didn’t have the kind of career expected of a top-five draft pick and he certainly wasn’t at his brother’s lofty level, but Rob Niedermayer can ride off into the Swiss sunset with his head held high.
Things continue to snowball out of control for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks lost their sixth consecutive game after yet another blowout defeat, this time by a final score of 7-2 versus the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Forward Logan Couture lost a tooth after taking a puck to the face in the second period.
And late in the game, Micheal Haley was given a match penalty for an incident involving Calle Jarnkrok.
The Sharks forward is now automatically suspended until commissioner Gary Bettman reviews the incident.
This incident occurred when Haley was hit into the boards by Jarnkrok. Haley then got up, sped right toward the Predators forward, dropped his gloves and delivered a punch to Jarnkrok as he tried to back away, knocking him to the ice.
Jarnkrok was given a minor penalty for boarding.
Haley was also involved in a fight with Cody McLeod early in the first period.
This has been a particularly shocking, if not embarrassing stretch for the Sharks. In a two-game trip to Dallas and Nashville, against teams below them in the standings, the Sharks were outscored 13-3.
Martin Jones allowed seven goals on 34 shots faced.
If Edmonton wins tonight, the Sharks, Ducks and Oilers will be in a three-way tie for first place in the Pacific Division.
Related: What is wrong with the Sharks?
More bad news for the San Jose Sharks.
After a slow start against the Nashville Predators during Saturday’s game, forward Logan Couture was hurt in the dying seconds of the middle period after taking a puck to the face while battling in front of the net.
Replays show Couture appeared to lose a tooth. He quickly skated off the ice and to the dressing room.
The Boston Bruins have been trending in the wrong direction of late — once again at the worst possible time with the end of the regular season in sight and a playoff spot on the line.
They entered a massive clash with the New York Islanders on Saturday having lost four straight, temporarily falling out of a playoff spot because of fewer games played.
They didn’t have Tuukka Rask in net because of a lower-body injury. They were on the road. They fell behind the Islanders early in the first period.
Despite that, the Bruins quickly came back on a goal from Riley Nash, who scored again in the third period to help his team to a 2-1 victory.
The four-game losing streak? Gone. With seven games remaining, Boston is back in the final wild card spot, two points ahead of the Islanders, who do still have a game in hand.
“We have a great mood in here this morning, everyone’s excited and pretty light and there’s no tense feel,” said Brad Marchand prior to facing the Islanders.
Back-up goaltending has been a concern in Boston this season, however Anton Khudobin shut the door after the Tavares goal, making 18 saves for the win.
The Bruins host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Last night, we asked: What is wrong with the San Jose Sharks?
Well, a day later, with the Sharks looking to avoid a sixth straight loss, the struggle continues.
After a blowout loss last night against the Dallas Stars, the Sharks have fallen behind the Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0 after the opening period.
Colton Sissons opened the scoring for Nashville.
It didn’t get any better for the Sharks.
Roman Josi walked right around Brent Burns, hitting the cross bar with his shot. Cody McLeod was right there for the tap-in to increase Nashville’s lead.