Matt Niskanen Biography
Matt Niskanen (Matthew Norman Niskanen) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Niskanen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in the 2017–18 season.
Matt Niskanen Playing Career
Matt Niskanen attended the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). At the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Niskanen was selected in the first round, 28th overall, by the Dallas Stars.
In 2005–06, his freshman season for the Bulldogs men’s ice hockey team, Niskanen recorded 14 points in 38 games. Before that, he played for the Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl boys’ hockey team and helped bring the Blue Devils to their first state high school tournament appearance in school history.
During 2006–07, Niskanen’s sophomore season at UMD, he scored 9 goals and 22 assists in 39 games. He was named to the 2006–07 All WCHA First Team, and the All WCHA academic Team.
He decided to leave college and turn professional after his sophomore season at UMD. On March 19, 2007, Niskanen signed an amateur tryout contract with the Iowa Stars—the Dallas Stars’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate at the time—for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.
Niskanen later signed a three-year NHL contract with the Dallas Stars which began in 2007–08. He subsequently made the Stars’ 2007–08 NHL roster out of training camp.
Matt Niskanen made his NHL regular season debut against the Colorado Avalanche on October 3, 2007. He recorded his first NHL points against the Boston Bruins two nights later with two assists. Niskanen’s first NHL goal came on October 29, 2007, against the San Jose Sharks.
He had an excellent rookie start with the Stars, leading the team in plus/minus at mid-season, which resulted in his being invited to the Young Stars game during the 2008 NHL All-Star weekend.
On February 21, 2011, he was traded (along with teammate James Neal) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski.
During the 2013–14 season, on March 4, 2014, he had his first multi-goal game with a two-goal effort in a 3–1 win over the Nashville Predators away at the Bridgestone Arena. In the final year of his contract with the Penguins and approaching free agency, Matt Niskanen finished the season establishing new career highs in goals (10) and assists (36) for 46 points.
On July 1, 2014, he signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract as a free agent with the Washington Capitals.
On June 14th, 2019, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenceman Radko Gudas.
Matt Niskanen Age
Niskanen was born on December 6, 1986 in Virginia, Minnesota, United States. He is 32 years old as of 2018.
Matt Niskanen Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inch (183 cm) weighing 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb).
Matt Niskanen Wife
He married Katie Niskanen in 2014 and together they have a son born on October 2, 2015. There is no any available information about his wife.
Matt Niskanen Salary
Matt earns an annual salary of 5.75 million USD. He has an estimated net worth of $18,000,000.
Matt Niskanen Contract
Matt Niskanen has two years left on a seven-year, $40.25 million contract he signed with Washington in the summer of 2014. He carries a $5.75 million cap hit.
Matt Niskanen Trade | Matt Niskanen News
Capitals trade Matt Niskanen to Flyers for Radko Gudas
The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers swapped defensemen on Friday, with Matt Niskanen joining Philadelphia and Radko Gudas going to Washington.
Niskanen was part of the Capitals’ run to a Stanley Cup title in 2018, but his productivity dipped last season, as he had his fewest points (25) since 2012-13 while his per-game time on ice was his lowest in five seasons in Washington.
“We would like to thank Matt for all of his contributions to our organization for the past five seasons,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “Matt is a consummate professional and was a big part of our success. We wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”
Gudas reached 20 points for the third time in seven NHL seasons. MacLellan complimented the 29-year-old on his “competitive, physical game.”
The trade also gives the Capitals some salary-cap relief. Washington will take on $2.345 million of Gudas’ $3.35 million for 2019-20, after which he will be a free agent. Niskanen is under contract for two more seasons at an average annual value of $5.75 million.
The Capitals have a number of free-agent decisions to address this offseason, including winger Brett Connolly.