Report: Red Wings GM Holland to meet face-to-face with agent for Matt Niskanen Thursday

Jun 25, 10:22 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are looking to upgrade the right side of their blue-line this offseason and general manager Ken Holland is set to have a couple of face-to-face meetings with the agents for pending unrestricted free agent defensemen Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle, according to a report from MLive.com's Ansar Khan.

Boyle generated a ton of interest in the first day of the free agent interview period, with nearly a third of the league reportedly contacting the agent for the right-handed shooting veteran.

Niskanen, another right-handed shooting defender, is coming off of a career year with the Pittsburgh Penguins and because of his age (only 27) is likely to demand a hefty price on the open market. The New York Islanders and the Minnesota Wild are among the other teams that reached out to Niskanen's camp. The Wild will reportedly sit down with Niskanen as well this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa..

Jul 1, 4:55 PM

Report: Niskanen rejects 7-year, $35M contract, closing in on deal with Capitals

Jul 1, 4:55 PM

Defenseman Matt Niskanen is exercising his rights as a free agent to choose his preferred destination and/or the highest available rate.

According to Craig Custance of ESPN, the 27-year-old is nearing a deal with the Washington Capitals.

Stay tuned.

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Jul 1, 11:33 AM

Report: Wild will not make offer to UFA Niskanen; Lightning, Capitals possible landing spots

Jul 1, 11:33 AM

According to Michael Russo of the StarTribune, the Minnesota Wild are out on free-agent defenseman Matt Niskanen and will not offer him a contract based on his asking price.

The defenseman wants a seven-year contract, a deal the Wild are not willing to take him up on.

From Russo:

The Wild won't make an offer. Niskanen has the opportunity to sign a six- or seven-year deal deal today and the Wild's just not comfortable signing Niskanen to a contract that long. 

Russo also reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals seem like sensible landing spots for Niskanen. 

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Jun 30, 11:50 PM

Report: Red Wings on Niskanen's short list

Jun 30, 11:50 PM

It's no secret that the Detroit Red Wings are in the market for a top-four right-handed defenseman, and it appears as though they are very much in the running for the most sought-after free agent who fits that description.

According to Ansar Khan of MLive, the Red Wings have been told that they are on Matt Niskanen's "short list", and it appears as though they are ready and willing to meet his asking price.

As per Khan:

Niskanen, coming off a career season with the Pittsburgh Penguins (10 goals, 46 points) is the premier defenseman available because of his skills and age (27). He likely will be seeking a maximum seven-year deal worth more than $6 million per season. The Red Wings don't have an issue with the term, since he's young. They might be willing to meet his high salary demand as well.

The Red Wings enter the free agency period with $14.7-million in available cap space, and Niskanen may end up being one of the team's highest paid players come July 1.

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Jun 30, 1:22 PM

Matt Niskanen's agent confident he can get 7-year deal for 'premier defenseman'

Jun 30, 1:22 PM

Neil Sheehy of ICEHockeyAgency was interviewed by Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo on Minneapolis based radio station KFAN1003 on Monday, and had some interesting comments about the status of his client Matt Niskanen.

The 27-year-old Niskanen is a right-handed shooter coming off of a career year. Because of his relative youth, excellent performance in Pittsburgh a year ago, and fortunate handedness - Niskanen is a sure bet to score a major payday in free agency. He'll become eligible to sign with a new team beginning on Tuesday, July 1.

Sheehy is understandably confident that he can get a long-term contract for his client:

"I think Matt Niskanen is certainly the premier defenseman in the free agent market," added Sheehy. That statement was surely true before the Christian Ehrhoff buyout, now it's just arguable.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Niskanen and Sheehy plan on narrowing down their list of potential destinations on Monday. More than a third of the league apparently has reached out to Niskanen, which testifies to the dollar amount and term that the 'premier defenseman' will be able to command on Tuesday.

[H/T ProHockeyTalk]

Jun 29, 10:07 AM

Report: Wild target Matt Niskanen in free agent search

Jun 29, 10:07 AM

The Minnesota Wild are saving their money for a defenseman, namely Matt Niskanen, who played four seasons with the Dallas Stars and was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with James Neal in 2011.

Niskanen will become a free agent and is from Virginia, Minn. The Wild are hoping he'll opt to move to his hometown state, but general manager Chuck Fletcher isn't holding his breath.

"We've tried to be aggressive if the move makes sense, but there's times, too, where you need to take what’s there. Sometimes you have to lay off the pitch."

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Jun 26, 2:25 PM

Agent confirms Matt Niskanen will test free-agent market

Jun 26, 2:25 PM

Yet to break the bank in seven years of NHL service, Pittsburgh Penguins unrestricted free agent defenseman Matt Niskanen is set on discovering his worth. 

The beneficiary of a banged-up defensive unit, Niskanen was thrust into a more focal role and responded with career-best totals in both goals and assists while boasting a plus-33 rating for the Penguins. 

Entering the prime years of a defenseman's career, Niskanen will command a significant deal on the open market - one likely out of Pittsburgh's price range. 

Jun 26, 9:33 AM

Report: Wild have 'significant interest' in Matt Niskanen

Jun 26, 9:33 AM

The Minnesota Wild reportedly have "significant interest" in adding free agent blue-liner Matt Niskanen to their fleet of defenseman, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a career season as an all-situations blue-liner for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored 10 goals and 46 points manning the Penguins' power-play and finished sixth in the NHL with an admirable plus-33 rating.  

Set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Niskanen will command a lucrative long-term deal on the open market. 

The New York Islanders are also believed to have interest

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