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Penguins re-sign Matt Niskanen to two-year, $4.6 million deal

Jun 30, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

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The Penguins are continuing to make sure their house is in order ahead of the July 1 frenzy.

Pittsburgh announced they’ve re-signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a two-year, $4.6 million deal, good for a cap hit of $2.3 million per season.

Niskanen finished this past season with 21 points working as a third-pair defenseman for the team. Niskanen also had three points in the playoffs for the Pens in their opening round loss to Philly. Niskanen was part of the deal with Dallas that also brought James Neal to the Penguins and it’s safe to say that’s working out well for Pittsburgh.

Now Niskanen has the opportunity to grab a top-four defensive spot with the team with Zbynek Michalek sent to Phoenix, but with the Pens also in pursuit of Ryan Suter his third pairing spot should be secure. According to CapGeek.com, the Penguins now have $12.2 million in cap space to spend like drunken sailors tomorrow.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Great deal.. Hoping he would have gotten at least 3 a year

  2. GenoPringles - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Yet another great move by Lord Shero!!! Signing PoonLickyNisky is a great way to solidify the defense. Dallas’ GM must be punching himself in the groin right now. The Soupcan Army getting stronger by the minute

  3. pdmjr - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Niskanen played very well as the year went on, has a good accurate shot from the point.

  4. yuuuup - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Good! He sux and so does the rest of their defense!

  5. blomfeld - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Niskanen Piskanen !

    Like seriously, who cares about this crap ? The only thing people which “want and need” at this point, are more articles about the “glory” which is the LA Kings ! … and maybe a few more “timeless” Elvis videos to brighten our summer days ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. charleslouis99 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    also blomfeld whatever the hell your dumb name is your comments are the reason people don’t like the kings fans so just keep your ignorance to yourself until you get off the bandwagon and actually become a fan of a team that doesn’t cheat so how about an article about how Dustin browns hit on rosival was dirty or how Dwight king-future pedophile all around creep knocked pietrangelo out of the series he was basically a non factor in game 5 that’s what we want and need ha

  7. charleslouis99 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    swoops meant game 4 I was thinking of the yotes

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