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MATT NISKANEN RUMORS

Newest Capital Niskanen is pleased with team’s new direction

Newest Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen is pleased with the direction that Barry Trotz is taking the team (Courtesy of CBS Sports)   When the smoke cleared on July 1st, the biggest name in the  NHL Free Agency Class of 2014 had made his decision to spend the next seven years of his life in a red uniform, a move that he has since stated was one that he hasn’t regretted. After...
Via DC Sports-Kings
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Coaches, Ovechkin influenced Niskanen in picking Caps

As a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, defenseman Matt Niskanen had his fair share of experience playing against the rival Washington Capitals, but he was also watching them for a different reason. “Really my whole career, I’ve always kind of kept an eye on the Caps, because of (Alex) Ovechkin, so it’s just a fun team to watch and has been for a long time. So I’ve been...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings target defenseman Matt Niskanen

On the eve of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings have set up talks with the agents of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Niskanen and Boyle are both right-handed shooting defensemen who could fill the Wings' top priority this offseason. The Wings think so highly of Niskanen...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Rumors: Matt Niskanen to Edmonton Oilers

Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the top UFA defenseman available for 2014 NHL Free Agency. With Kris Letang and Paul Martin injured for most of last season, the Penguins relied heavily on Niskanen to stabilize their D corps. Niskanen was a rock defensively and had a career year offensively with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. The Penguins cannot afford to sign Niskanen and
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Buyer beware with Matt Niskanen, a top NHL free agent defenseman

When NHL free agency opens in July, somebody is going to drive a dump truck full of money to the home of defenseman Matt Niskanen, probably on the first day of the signing period. For Niskanen and his agent, it is going to be the perfect storm. He is coming off a career year that saw him score 10 goals to go with 36 assists and a plus-33 rating that was tops among all defensemen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Niskanen Has The Best Adjusted +/-

I posted the top 20 players in 2013/14 by adjusted +/- and Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins leads the bunch.  Niskanen is an interesting player.  At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, I would have told you he was a solid but unspectacular defenceman.  He hadn't exceeded 21 points in a season in the last four years.  He was a solid part of a depth defensive pairing...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: free-agency needs

What free-agents will GM Jim Rutherford sign this summer? While the Pittsburgh Penguins GM has ended, many have already started looking ahead towards the draft and free agency. This off-season comes at a critical junction for the Pens.  After another playoff meltdown, Pittsburgh is about to embark on a period  of serious re-construction, both on the ice and in the front office...
Via isportsweb.com
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Rumors: Niskanen to Flyers on July 1

View all posts tagged as Tagx Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen had a breakout year in the 2013/14 season. That breakout may make it impossible for the Penguins to keep him on their payroll. Various people “in the know” including insidepittsburghsports.com’s William DePaoli have recently stated that the Flyers plan to make Niskanen a top priority […]
Via Hyped Up Hockey
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Stay or Go: Matt Niskanen

The Pittsburgh Penguins will surely look a lot different going into next season. Moving forward, the Penguins have plenty of changes and challenges as an organization – not just in the front office. One decision they’ll have to make a call on is what to do they do with Matt Niskanen. Do they let Niskanen walk as an Unrestricted Free Agent and let him sign with whomever, or do...
Via The PensNation
May 24, 2014  |  1 Comment

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...
Via PenguinPoop
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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