The Capitals have signed Matt Niskanen to a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million.
Niskanen had a great year in Pittsburgh in 2013-14. Niskanen had 10 goals and 36 assists (46 points) with a plus-33 rating in 81 games. A huge season and a lack of defensemen depth in free agency leads to massive money for the 27-year-old. Niskanen will likely anchor the Capitals top power-play unit for the next number of seasons.
Niskanen practiced this morning and will be a game-time decision tonight.
Like Letang, Niskanen will also be a game-time decision tonight. It is more likely that Letang plays than Niskanen but it is believed that both should be back tonight. Monitor his status before puck-drop.
Matt Niskanen (ankle) on ice for #Penguins practice.
Niskanen's (ankle) original timetable for a return was 2-6 weeks and it has only been 2 weeks and he is already back on the ice. There has been no word on when he will return to the lineup but this is good news for the Penguins as it appears he will be back at the front-end of that timetable.