March 18, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) is checked by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the 1st period of a game at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Penguins Agree To Terms With Niskanen For 2 years

The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to come to terms with one of their key defensman, Matt Niskanen.      It’s a 2 year deal that keeps him in Pittsburgh, barring a trade till the end of the 2013′-14′ season.     

The Penguins have lots of young talent on defense, but it is always nice to have a guy like Niskanen around that knows how to play the puck and leads by example in practice and on the ice.      The Penguins were able to ink him for about $2.3 million a season for 2 years.

Niskanen was thrilled that the Pens wanted him back, and is happy that he has a home for the next couple of seasons.

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“The day I got traded there, I knew I was going to a good organization, a good place,” he said. “From the moment I got there, just the way me and James (Neal) were treated and how the guys were, I knew this was going to be the place for me.

“It’s home now. I feel like it’s where I belong. Everything has gone really, really well for me. I’ve absolutely loved my time there so far and I’m just excited to have the opportunity to play two more years there.”

The Penguins still have lots of work to do in free agency, but getting one of their restricted free agents locked in for a couple of years for minimal money was a good deal for both sides.

The Actual signing of contracts can commence tomorrow, so watch the flurry of action that will take place tomorrow.   It will be one of the more entertaining days of the Hockey Off Season.

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