Former Minnesota Duluth Bulldog and Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl defenseman Matt Niskanen retired Monday with one year remaining on his contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Niskanen, who turns 34 in December, has tallied 356 points (72 goals, 284 assists) in 949 games over 13 seasons with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Flyers. He won a Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018.
"I want to thank Matt Niskanen for his contributions to our team this season," Flyers president and general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement posted on Twitter. "As an organization and a team, we made great strides this year ... In my opinion, Matt Niskanen did as much as anyone to change the mindset of our team. He's a consummate professional."
Niskanen, who tallied 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 68 games with the Flyers in 2019-20, will forfeit the $5.75 million he is owed in 2020-21 by retiring.
He added one goal and one assist in 15 playoff games for Philadelphia, which lost a seven-game series to the New York Islanders in the second round. Niskanen's career totals in the Stanley Cup playoffs include 42 points (six goals, 36 assists) in 140 games.
Philadelphia acquired Niskanen in a June 2019 trade that sent fellow defenseman Radko Gudas to Washington. Niskanen signed a seven-year, $40.25 million deal with the Capitals in July 2014.
Niskanen played two seasons for the Bulldogs from 2005-07, totaling 10 goals and 35 assists in 77 career games. He was the News Tribune's all-area player of the year in both football and hockey during his senior year at Mountain Iron-Buhl in 2004-05.
This story was updated at 5:40 p.m. Oct. 5, 2020 after the Flyers confirmed Niskanen's retirement. It was originally posted at 2:29 p.m. Oct. 5, 2020.