Ray Shero offered restricted free agent Matt Niskanen a one year, $1.75 million qualifying offer last night. Niskanen laughed. Apparently he feels he did enough for the Penguins this year to warrant some kind of raise over his $1.75 mil salary he made last year. Can you blame him?
Pens have officially offered Niskanen a qualifying offer of one year, $1.75 million. Was turned down. Negotiations to continue.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) June 15, 2012
Niskanen was easily the Pens most consistent and reliable player this season, and that’s saying something after he pulled his best Josef Melichar when he first arrived in the Burgh at last year’s trade deadline. He played more games than any other Pens’ defensemen, and while Kris Letang took trips to the IR, Niskanen stepped up in a big way in the offensive zone. And while Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek were busy getting toasted for the first 3/4 of the year, Niskanen was solid in his own end. And while the Pens forgot how to play hocke...