When Matt Niskanen came to training camp last September after being acquired from Dallas in a trade the previous season, he knew the battle amongst the Penguins defensemen for roster spots would be fierce.

Weve got a lot of depth in this organization on defense, Niskanen said at the time. Ill earn my spot on the team for playing time.

Well, not only did Niskanen earn his spot he earned a new contract.
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