Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen plans to test free agency, according to his agent.
"Matt Niskanen spoke to the Penguins and will make himself available on the free-agent market on July 1st," Neil Sheehy, wrote on Twitter today.
Niskanen, 27, is eligible for unrestricted free agency and is likely to command a contract that the Penguins would have a difficult time matching because of the salary cap.
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In his three-plus seasons since the Penguins acquired him from Dallas, Niskanen has become a steady regular and a strong voice off the ice. In 81 games this season, he had 10 goals, 46 points and led all NHL defensemen with a plus-minus rating of plus-33.
Shelly Anderson: email@example.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly. First Published June 26, 2014 12:00 AM