I guess the surprise here, on my part, is attributable to Niedermayer signing as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks after the lockout. That hurt for Devils fans. And that pain would be exacerbated when he led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2006-07.
But, that doesn't change the fact that he was a great NJ Devil. Probably the best offensive-minded defensemen that the team has ever had. So....hats off to Scott on joining Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko with the honor of a retired jersey number with the New Jersey Devils.