ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The Ducks added Scott Niedermayer to their active roster Saturday, clearing the way for the defenseman's expected return against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Niedermayer had been suspended since the season started while he pondered retirement. The 34-year-old Stanley Cup MVP announced his impending return Dec. 5.
He helped the Ducks win their first Cup championship last season, when he became the first Anaheim player to lead NHL defensemen in scoring with 15 goals and 54 assists during the regular season.
The Ducks traded Andy McDonald to St. Louis on Friday, freeing up enough money under the salary cap to activate Niedermayer. McDonald was in the second year of a three-year, $10 million contract.

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