Philadelphia Flyers Rumors: Could Matt Niskanen Be Headed To The Orange And Black?

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The list of guys on the Philadelphia Flyers‘ most wanted list is seemingly endless. Speed, size and skill are the three assets the Flyers’ front office is looking to acquire this offseason; and with a brand new general manager in Ron Hextall running the show, the odds of those three pieces coming over this season keep looking a bit gloomy. The former Philadelphia goaltender comes into the job with a very draft-oriented mindset, so even if they were able to nab a kid in this year’s draft, there is no way he would be called up to skate with the big boys any time soon. Prospects are what Hextall wants — or so we thought.

A new report broke out late Tuesday afternoon suggesting that the Flyers could be showing more and more serious interest in Pittsburgh Penguins veteran defenseman Matt Niskanen.

According to insidepittsburghsports.com’s William DePaoli, the Flyers have have shown signs of making Niskanen a main priority in their offseason plans. Niskanen is reportedly looking for a six-year deal somewhere in the range of $33 million, an NHL source told DePaoli.

The news is just cracking the surface, but should everything fall into place, the Flyers would be receiving a ginormous asset to their depleted defensive unit. Last season, Niskanen put up 10 goals, 46 points and had a plus/minus rating of plus-33 in 81 games.

One other thing fans will be able to take away from this is the fact that Kimmo Timonen‘s days in Philly may be just about over. If the Flyers really are looking into bringing in Niskanen, that alone tells you that Timonen is likely looking to move on.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google.  

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