Niskanen signs with Dallas

Former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Matt Niskanen of Mountain Iron signed a two-year contract to stay with the NHL’s Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Niskanen, 23, entering his fourth year in the league, all with Dallas, will earn an average of $1.5 million a year for the two years. He’s played in 232 career NHL games with 16 goals and 60 assists for 76 points. Last season he had three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 74 games.

Niskanen told the Dallas Morning News, concerning the time it took to negotiate a contract: “You just have to stay patient and believe it’s going to be fine. That’s how I looked at it. You hire your agent to do a job, and you have to trust that he knows what he’s doing.

“I certainly didn’t plan on missing (the start of training camp), I knew I needed to be there.

“I know that I had an off year (last season) and I’ve worked hard all summer to get ready for this season. I really feel that this is a big year for me, the biggest of my career so far, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Dallas opens preseason camp Saturday at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Links to Dallas Morning News stories and here and here.

The Dallas Stars have a release here.