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Niedermayer leaves NJ, joins Ducks

Scott Niedermayer's desire to play with his brother Rob on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks was worth more than anything the New Jersey Devils could offer.

Niedermayer, the Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman in 2003-04, chose family over money yesterday, turning down a deal with the Devils that would have paid him more than his four-year, $27 million contract with the Ducks.

''There were a few things, obviously the big one was that since I was 16 and he was 15, we've been apart, but now we can be together again. The family can all come down," Scott Niedermayer said in a conference call from British Columbia.

The Devils quickly used the money they saved on Niedermayer to re-sign defenseman Brian Rafalski, and add fellow blue-liners Dan McGillis and former New Jersey player Vladimir Malakhov.

Flyers deal Roenick

The Philadelphia Flyers made salary cap room for Peter Forsberg by trading Jeremy Roenick to the Los Angeles Kings. LA also receives a 2006 third-round draft pick the Flyers acquired from Nashville . . . Teppo Numminen, a 16-year NHL veteran and three-time All-Star, agreed to a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres . . . Detroit re-signed 43-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year deal, bringing him back for his 22d season, and defenseman Mathieu Schneider.

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