The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a 7-year, $40 million dollar deal. Niskanen has spent the past 4 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has also previously played for the Dallas Stars. Niskanen was considered by many to be the top defenseman available in this years’ class of unrestricted free agents, and he is now going to have to justify his new contract with good play in Washington.
Over the past 4 years, Niskanen has signed 2 contracts, all with Pittsburgh, with the sum of both deals amounting to $7.6 million, which is now how much money he will make in a year and a half.
Niskanen isn’t the only former Penguin that the Capitals signed today, as they inked for Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik to a 5-year deal worth $27.5 million. Niskanen and Orpik have been paired together in the past, and they have some good chemistry, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Capitals’ head coach Barry Trotz decided to reunite the two on the blueline this year.