Niskanen informed the Flyers that he will retire ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Niskanen had one year remaining on his seven-year $40.25 million deal signed back in July of 2014. The veteran blueliner's departure will clear $5.75 million off the books for the club and could open up a spot in the lineup for Shayne Gostisbehere, who has been often relegated to the press box. Over the course of Niskanen's 13-year NHL career, he logged 949 games for Dallas, Pittsburgh, Washington and Philadelphia in which he garnered 72 goals, 284 assists and 1554 shots. Niskanen lifted Lord Stanley's chalice back in 2018 while playing for the Caps.
Niskanen scored a goal on his lone shot in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 5. He also had one hit and one block with a plus-2 rating.
Niskanen gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead early in the third period when his blast from the right faceoff circle beat New York goalie Semyon Varlamov. It was his first goal since March 1, halting a 16-game goal drought. Niskanen enjoyed a productive regular season with 33 points in 68 games, but he's only been able to deliver two points through 13 playoff contests.
Niskanen served his one-game suspension in Friday's Game 6 win over the Canadiens.
The Flyers were able to close out the Habs without Niskanen, who was handed a one-game suspension for cross-checking Brendan Gallagher (jaw). Niskanen should rejoin the lineup for Monday's Game 1 matchup versus the Islanders. The blueliner is still seeking his first point of the postseason.
Niskanen was suspended for Friday's Game 6 matchup against the Canadiens for cross-checking forward Brendan Gallagher (jaw), per The NHL's Department of Player Safety
Niskanen's cross-check ended up hitting Gallagher in the face, and it was later confirmed that the play ended up breaking the Montreal forward's jaw. Now that the veteran is officially out for a game, the Flyers will likely reinsert Shayne Gostisbehere into the lineup, possibly to even take Niskanen's spot on the power play as well. It's unclear whether Niskanen will appeal his one-game suspension.
Niskanen will have a hearing with the league for his cross-check on Montreal's Brendan Gallagher (jaw), per the NHL Department of Player Safety.
At this point, it seems unlikely that Niskanen will escape with just a fine and could miss Friday's Game 6 or beyond. Whether Gallagher can play in Friday's tilt could also be a determining factor for the league when handing out punishment for Niskanen. If the Minnesota native misses a game, the Flyers would likely reinsert Shayne Gostisbehere into the lineup, possibly even assigning him to Niskanen's spot on the power play, as well.
Niskanen may be in line for supplemental discipline for his actions in the third period of Wednesday's Game 5, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Niskanen caught Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher in the mouth with a stick in Wednesday's contest. Niskanen did not receive a penalty on the play. An announcement on if the blueliner will face a hearing with the Department of Player Safety should come before Friday's Game 6.
Niskanen has eight goals and 33 points with a plus-15 rating in 68 games this season.
The veteran defenseman's been more than solid during his first season with the Flyers. He needs two more goals and 13 additional points to tie career highs in both categories. Recording 13 more points is unlikely, but Niskanen needs just seven points for his second-highest total in the category during his career. However, it's difficult to know how the lengthy time off will affect his ability to reach those totals (assuming the season resumes).
Niskanen recorded an assist, three shots on net, three blocks and a plus-3 rating in a 4-2 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday.
The veteran defenseman is experiencing a tremendous second half. Niskanen has two goals and 13 points with a plus-9 rating in the last 13 games since the All-Star break. He's playing more than 22 minutes per game and averaging almost two shots on net per game as well. With this surge, it's realistic for Niskanen to reach 10 goals and 40 points for the first time since 2013-14. He has seven goals and 32 points in 62 games this season.
Niskanen scored an empty-net goal and fired four shots on net in Monday's 3-0 win over the Red Wings.
Niskanen launched a shot from nearly his own goal line to hit the empty cage. The 33-year-old has posted five points and a plus-5 rating over his last three games. For the year, Niskanen is at 24 points, 92 hits and 102 shots in 52 games. He's just one point shy of matching last year's output.
Niskanen picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins.
The veteran blueliner has been a solid contributor in his first season with the Flyers. Niskanen has five goals and 21 points through 50 games, with 10 of those points coming with the man advantage -- the fifth time in his career he's reached double-digit PP points, and the first time since 2015-16.
Niskanen produced an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blues.
Niskanen has cooled off with just two points in his last 11 games. He's up to 18 points in 46 contests this season. On the ice, his role has typically been defense-first despite his ability to generate solid offense from the blue line. The 33-year-old has added 87 shots, 87 hits and 53 blocks in 2019-20.
Niskanen has one assist with a minus-7 rating and 15 shots in the last 10 games.
His assist came on Jan. 2, and at the time, it seemed like that was going to end a little slump he experienced at the end of December, but it's continued. In his most recent five contests, Niskanen has zero points, a minus-3 rating and six shots. Niskanen simply hasn't played well since Christmas. He has five goals and 17 points with a minus-3 rating in 45 games this season.
Niskanen posted an assist, three shots on goal and five hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Golden Knights.
Niskanen went four games without a point, which isn't too unusual for the two-way defenseman. In 40 contests this year, he's produced 17 points, 74 hits, 79 shots and 46 blocked shots. He's been a vital veteran presence on a young Flyers blue line, and fantasy owners in deeper formats can appreciate the well-rounded production, as well.
Niskanen (illness) is in the projected lineup for Monday's matchup with the Rangers, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.
Niskanen missed Saturday's game against the Senators due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 33-year-old American, who's picked up 16 points while posting a plus-4 rating in 35 games this campaign, will skate on Philadelphia's top pairing against the Rangers.
Niskanen (illness) will not dress Saturday in Ottawa.
The flu bug recently found its way into the Flyers' dressing room, and Niskanen fell victim to it. As a result, the defenseman will miss Saturday's contest. All signs point to Niskanen being back to full health in time to face the Rangers on Monday.
Niskanen (illness) is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Senators.
Niskanen has been impressive lately, posting three goals and two assists over the last eight games. Philippe Myers (illness) is also a game-time call, leaving the team with just five healthy defensemen unless it recalls a blueliner from its AHL affiliate.
Niskanen scored a power-play goal and picked up an assist in Thursday's 6-1 defeat of the Sabres.
It was the third multi-point effort of the year for Niskanen and his third power-play goal. The blueliner is on pace to reach the 30-point mark for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign when he was with Washington, making him a decent fantasy option.
Niskanen scored a goal on three shots and had three blocks in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Coyotes.
Niskanen accounted for the Flyers' lone goal when he thwarted Darcy Kuemper's shutout bid late in the third period. It was Niskanen's third goal of the season, but his first since Oct. 21, ending a run of 21 games without a goal. The 32-year-old has landed between 25 and 39 points in each of the previous five seasons, and he's on track to do so again in his first year as a Flyer.
Niskanen added a pair of assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the Red Wings.
This was Niskanen's second multi-point effort in November. He's now up to two goals and nine helpers through 26 games, and the defenseman will have a chance to cap off the month in style when the Flyers take on the Habs in Montreal on Saturday to complete the back-to-back set.
Niskanen picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
It's the veteran defenseman's first multi-point effort this year. Niskanen is off to a solid start to his first season as a Flyer, scoring two goals and eight points through 14 games -- with five of those points (one goal, four helpers) coming with the man advantage.
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