Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Ducks to Retire Numbers of Kariya, Niedermayer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Ducks to Retire Numbers of Kariya, Niedermayer

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Ducks to retire numbers of Kariya, Niedermayer

The Anaheim Ducks will retire the numbers of Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer during the upcoming season.

Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli announced the honors for the two Hockey Hall of Famers on Monday. Teemu Selanne's No. 8 is the only number previously retired by the Ducks, who are heading into their 25th NHL season.

Kariya's No. 9 will go into the Honda Center rafters on Oct. 21, and Niedermayer's No. 27 will be raised Feb. 17.

Kariya spent his first nine NHL seasons with the then Mighty Ducks, including seven seasons as Anaheim's captain and six seasons alongside Selanne in a prolific scoring duo. Kariya, the first draft pick in franchise history, also helped the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup Final in 2003.

Kariya is still Anaheim's fourth-leading career scorer with 669 points.

Niedermayer spent his final five NHL seasons with the Ducks, scoring 264 points while providing sturdy defense and leadership during a stellar stretch of franchise history.

Other NHL news - The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with forward Jan Kovar. The 28-year-old Kovar played the past five seasons in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. ... The Buffalo Sabres have signed top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Buffalo selected the 18-year-old defenseman from Sweden with the first pick in last month's draft.

Panthers sale is final - The Carolina Panthers' sale of the franchise was to David Tepper was finalized on Monday. Tepper becomes only the second owner in team history.

Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P., bought the team from founder Jerry Richardson for $2.2 billion -- the most ever paid for an NFL franchise. Richardson put the team up for sale in December after reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace, which the league later confirmed . …

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