He had accomplished everything he could in Jersey. Can anyone actually blame Niedermayer for leaving NJ to try and accomplish something special with his brother? I know it took a long time, but I think that was out of respect to the Devils organization and how much this organization meant to him that made the decision to leave so hard. It seemed like he was really in a tough spot between his actual family and what had become a second family. He chose to try and win with this brother, and I think that is admirable. It clearly meant a whole lot to him and his family.
There is always going to be ill will when a player leaves, especially one who has accomplished so much for a team like Niedermayer did with NJ, but Scott's chapter in NJ was complete. He already had won everything in his career, let alone NHL career, except having the great opportunity of playing with his brother and finally sharing success with him too. You can't be mad at someone for that. When Niedermayer shook hands with his brother in 2003, I think he probably made up his mind right then and there that he would help his brother win a Cup.
I hope anyone who ever was mad at Niedermayer at the time understands that and has moved on. Tomorrow should be a great night honouring one of the best to ever wear the Devils jersey.