Penguins Regular Season Goal Assessment

Regular Season Goal Assessment By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) As we say goodbye to another regular season, we say goodbye to the first full 82-game season where I could test out my goal assessments. [The results of last year’s in the shortened season can be found at The Hockey Writers.] I limited the final results to players who played at least ten games, but I have everyone...
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Matt Niskanen: How He Went From Being Traded by Everyone to Having a Career-Year by @madchad412

Coming into the 2013-2014 NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were once again set to be a favorite to compete for the Stanley Cup. In particular, defense was set to be a big-time strength for the Pens, led by Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang, along with Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik. The Pens also signed veteran Robert Scuderi in free-agency, who was a huge part in the Pens winning...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

James Neal-Matt Niskanen trade could go down as Ray Shero's best

Pittsburgh Penguins' general manager Ray Shero is beloved by Pens fans and for good reasons. The Pens have been to two Stanley Cup Finals under him, including one Cup victory, and have been near the top of the standings since he's been here. He's made some great signings and trades that not too many GM's around the league have been able to make.Go ahead, read the rest »
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Defenseman Niskanen shaping his best season

Matt Niskanen’s third-period goal Monday didn’t stand as his sixth winner of the season. Not hardly. It wasn’t even significant to the outcome. Not when the Penguins got smacked by the Florida Panthers, 5-1. But it was Niskanen’s seventh goal, matching his career high with 33 games remaining this season. Niskanen, 27, has rounded into a reliable, versatile defenseman for...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins’ New Year’s Resolution

One of the best scoring unit’s right now in hockey. Pittsburgh is halfway through the 2013-2014 NHL season now. Tomorrow, Tuesday Dec. 31st is New Years Eve and Pittsburgh ends 2013 with divisional foe New Jersey Devils in New Jersey.  Pittsburgh hopes to end 2013 with a victory that would sure bring joy to the city of Pittsburgh and into the locker room. Pittsburgh is one of...
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Niskanen’s Dangerfield Days Are Over

Perform a quick scan of Pittsburgh Penguins statistics and you’ll notice a surprising number. Perched atop the list in plus/minus rating is Matt Niskanen. The same Matt Niskanen who most experts felt would be dealt over the past summer to clear salary cap space. If ever there was a player who epitomized the mantra of the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, it’s Niskanen. Indeed...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Niskanen: More Questions Than Answers by @pghgirl15222

When defenseman Kris Letang went down with an injury to open the season, it allowed two things to happen; hide his salary cap hit and more than likely keep Matt Niskanen. All things considered, Niskanen looked to be the odd man out to start the season. With the Penguins defensive depth and Niskanen, 26, having a very friendly cap hit of $2.3 million and one season left before free...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Niskanen realizes his days in Pittsburgh are numbered

Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen knows that a trade is imminent. With September upon us, the start of the NHL season is only weeks away.  Many teams are holding rookie showcase tournaments, and most training camps start in the next few days. The Pittsburgh Penguins are no different .  The Pens will have their first pre-season game a week from Sunday as they travel to Columbus...
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Niskanen Knows His Future Might Be Elsewhere

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Dave Molinari: Matt Niskanen knows the numbers. More important, he understands what they might mean for his future with the Penguins. He's aware that the Penguins, who will open training camp next Wednesday, are roughly $1.1 million over the NHL's salary-cap ceiling of $64.3 million for the 2013-14 season. He also realizes...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Pens Sign Matt Niskanen to a Two-Year Deal

The Pens resigned Defenseman Matt Niskanen to a two-year, $4.3 million deal. He had 4 goals and 17 assists last season in 75 games.  He will be one of our main penalty killers now that Michalek is in Phoenix.
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

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