Claimed on waivers by NY Islanders from NY Rangers, December 22, 1998. Loaned to Providence (AHL) by NY Islanders, October 6, 1999 and recalled October 13, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 5, 2004. Signed as a free agent by London (Britain), November 1, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by Florida for Pittsburgh's 6th round choice (Peter Aston) in 2006 Entry Draft, January 18, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 season and entire 2007-08 due to post-concussion symptoms.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals