Sources: NHL, NHLPA working to resolve $500,000 levy on Niedermayer

TORONTO – Scott Niedermayer’s season is over but just how much he will earn in salary remains in question.

The Anaheim Ducks star defenceman already lost about US$2 million in wages from his $6.75-million salary for missing the first two months of the season. He was suspended without pay until he returned in mid-December.

But in addition, as revealed by the New York Post over the weekend, Niedermayer’s salary was also reduced by $500,000 for missing training camp on the basis of a clause in the collective bargaining agreement,

However, multiple sources told The Canadian Press on Monday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are working towards a resolution that would see Niedermayer recoup most, if not all, of the $500,000 and also clarify what implications this has on the Ducks’ salary cap.

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In the meantime, the 34-year-old Niedermayer has yet to decide whether he will return for the last year of a contract that once again pays him $6.75 million next season. The Norris Trophy winner wrestled with the decision before finally coming back in December, only to see his defending Stanley Cup champion team lose to the Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs.