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Matt Niskanen Inks Two Year Deal With Penguins

The 25-year-old has proven to be a solid penalty killer and is a key part of Pittsburgh's blue line.

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According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-review, the Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Matt Niskanen to a two-year deal:

The deal is reportedly for $4.6 million dollars. He will earn $2.1 million next season and $2.5 million during the 2013-2014 NHL season.

Niskanen, a restricted free-agent, finished the 2011-2012 campaign with four goals, 17 assists and 21 points in 75 games on the ice for the Penguins.

The 25-year-old was a first round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2005 and made his NHL debut two years later. In February of 2001, Niskanen was traded by the Stars to the Penguins in a deal that also brought James Neal to Pittsburgh.

Due to a shoulder injury late in the season, Niskanen missed the first two games of the playoffs. Pittsburgh was ultimately eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round.

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