Niedermayer has been particularly influential on the development of defenseman Cam Fowler, who lived with Niedermayer's family after breaking into the NHL two seasons ago. Luca Sbisa, the Ducks' young Swiss defenseman and Fowler's fellow cornerstone, also will get special tutoring from Niedermayer.
"My goal is to help out, maybe focus on the younger guys that are breaking into the league, give them a little advice," Niedermayer said.
He might be able to help out the older Ducks as well, if they can get used to taking direction from a former teammate. Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are among several current Ducks who played with Niedermayer.
After the NHL's last lockout in 2005, he signed with Anaheim as a free agent, playing alongside his brother, Rob. The Ducks won California's first Stanley Cup in 2007, with Niedermayer and fellow defenseman Chris Pronger dominating the postseason with bruising physical play and timely offense.
Niedermayer joins Ducks assistant coaches Bob Woods and Brad Lauer on the staff led by Boudreau, who sparked the Ducks' solid finish after taking over for Randy Carlyle early last season.
"Those guys are doing all the heavy lifting," Niedermayer said. "When they ask me to do some things, I'll be glad to help out, and then just be on the ice, be supportive."