Attempting to reverse their downward trend toward the lower reaches of the Western Conference, the Ducks turned to someone who lifted them to their greatest heights for help.

Former captain Scott Niedermayer will join the Ducks coaching staff as an assistant, marking his first foray into coaching at the NHL level. The 39-year-old retired in 2010 after 18 stellar NHL seasons and has been a consultant with the team since.

Niedermayer took on various roles with the Ducks, including scouting and working with their American Hockey League affiliate as he began his transition to a new phase of his career in hockey.

The club wanted the former defenseman to take on a greater role within the organization and Niedermayer met with General Manager Bob Murray and Coach Bruce Boudreau this week.

"The last couple of years have been different, but I've had some fun opportunities to do things with the family and by myself that I haven't been able to do before," Niedermayer said. "It was good, but now I'm looking forward to this, to get back and help out any way I can.