- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Matt Niskanen, considered by many the top defenseman available in NHL free agency, has signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

The team announced the move Tuesday afternoon on the heels of earlier deals with defenseman Brooks Orpik, goaltender Justin Peters and forward Michael Latta.

Niskanen, like Orpik, comes from the Pittsburgh Penguins, where the pair worked with newly hired Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden.

Niskanen, 27, set career highs in points (46), goals (10), assists (36), games played (81) and game-winning goals (6) in 2013-14, and led all NHL defensemen in plus/minus (plus-33).

“We are very excited that Matt Niskanen has chosen to sign with Washington,” Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “At 27 years of age, he is just entering his prime for a defenseman. We feel he will be a staple on our blueline for many years to come. We have stated all along that upgrading the defense was our top priority this offseason and we feel we accomplished our goal with our signings today.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide