Flyers Acquire Matt Niskanen for Radko Gudas

Chuck Fletcher made his second trade of the off season this morning as he acquired defender Matt Niskanen for Radko Gudas.

Niskanen carries a 5.75M cap hit for 2 more seasons, so the Flyers added payroll on the deal compared to Gudas’s 1 year left at 3.35M.

 

Matt Niskanen
Defense
Born Dec 6 1986  -- Virginia, MN 
Height 6.01 -- Weight 203 -- Shoots R


Selected by Dallas Stars round 1 #28 overall 2005 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2005-06  U. of Minnesota-Duluth      WCHA   38    1   13   14   40
2006-07  U. of Minnesota-Duluth      WCHA   39    9   22   31   42
2006-07  Iowa Stars                  AHL    13    0    3    3    6  12   2   5   7  10
2007-08  Dallas Stars                NHL    78    7   19   26   36  16   0   3   3  10
2008-09  Dallas Stars                NHL    80    6   29   35   52  --  --  --  --  --
2009-10  Dallas Stars                NHL    74    3   12   15   18  --  --  --  --  --
2010-11  Dallas Stars                NHL    45    0    6    6   30  --  --  --  --  --
2010-11  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    18    1    3    4   20   7   0   1   1   0
2011-12  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    75    4   17   21   47   4   1   2   3   6
2012-13  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    40    4   10   14   12  15   0   2   2  11
2013-14  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    81   10   36   46   51  13   2   7   9   8
2014-15  Washington Capitals         NHL    82    4   27   31   47  14   0   4   4   0
2015-16  Washington Capitals         NHL    82    5   27   32   38  12   0   3   3   6
2016-17  Washington Capitals         NHL    78    5   34   39   32  13   1   3   4  19
2017-18  Washington Capitals         NHL    68    7   22   29   36  24   1   8   9   8
2018-19  Washington Capitals         NHL    80    8   17   25   41
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         NHL Totals                        881   64  259  323  460 118   5  33  38  68
Stats via HockeyDB

Niskanen is far more offensively oriented than Gudas. Niskanen also doesn’t have the suspension history that Gudas does.

 

It will be interesting to see if there are other corresponding moves that come with this. The expected first move on defense for the Flyers was an Andrew MacDonald buyout, but that window does not start until tomorrow.

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