Saturday, June 30, 2012

Penguins Resign Matt Niskanen

In something that really shouldn't be a huge shock to most people the Penguins finally got a deal done with restricted free agent Matt Niskanen earlier today for two more years at an annual cap hit of $2.3M.

This was pretty much a no brainer move for Ray Shero as Niskanen really had a nice year last year for the Penguins. While the defense was really up and down from player to player last year Niskanen was about as consistent as they came and was someone that you could rely on.

Last year Niksy had a cap hit of $1.5M so this raise is pretty minimal in the grand scheme of things which makes it a really nice move for Shero and the Penguins, as well as Niskanen. He has made it very clear that he loves Pittsburgh and if you have read any of the stuff on Twitter today you can see that he wants to be here and that he considers Pittsburgh home.

After the move to sign Niskanen the Penguins now have just under $12.3M left to fill out their roster. Currently they have two goaltenders, six defenseman and 11 forwards on the books.

All in all this signing and the play of Niskanen last year really just reinforces how good the trade was that sent James Neal and Niskanen to the Penguins in exchange for Alex Goligoski. The first year things didn't go real well for the Penguins but last year it paid massive dividends.

The Penguins also announced earlier that they resigned goaltender Brad Thiessen for one year with a NHL contract value of $525k.

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