In addition to Dan Boyle, it looks like the Red Wings have set their eyes on another potential blue line target.
According to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to meet one-on-one with pending UFA Matt Niskanen’s agent today in Philadelphia.
Niskanen (27), a right-handed shot is coming off a career-year with the Penguins where he netted 10 goals and 46 points made $2.5M in 2013-14 is likely to be one of the more coveted free agent defensive in a pretty shallow pool this off season. Because of that Niskanen will likely command big money and a possible max deal of seven years (eight if he goes back to Pittsburgh).
The good news for the Red Wings when it comes to Niskanen is they have plenty of cap room, even after they attempt to sign their own restricted free agents in Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. However Khan points out that the Wings won’t likely get into a bidding war for Niskanen and would ‘take into consideration’ the current contract that Kronwall is getting paid, ($4.75 million per).
Aside from Detroit, the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild (who will also meet with Niskanen’s agent in Philly) are also said to be showing heavy interest in the Penguins defender.