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Janne Niskala | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/22/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 187
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 5 (147) / NAS
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned Janne Niskala to the Finland national team.
Niskala wanted to return to Europe after his role on the Lightning had diminished to that of a seventh defenseman. He cleared waivers on Wednesday and will likely play for a Finnish or Swedish team when the European leagues start playing again. Tampa Bay can recall him before the trade deadline, but he would first have to clear re-entry waivers. Thu, Nov 6, 2008 08:10:00 AM

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Janne Niskala has agreed to a one-year contract with the Lightning.

"We have targeted Janne for some time and we like his ability to contribute offensively," said owners Koules and Barrie. "He has an upside that will be beneficial to the Lightning and we hope he can make our team and improve us on the blueline." Niskala was acquired from Philadelphia on Monday for a sixth-round pick.
Source: TSN.ca
Wed, Jul 2, 2008 11:36:00 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers traded Janne Niskala to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a sixth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

This is Niskala's third team in the span of a week. He was traded from the Nashville Predators to Philadelphia on Tuesday for Triston Grant and a seventh round pick in 2009. Niskala had 44 points and 81 penalty minutes in 80 games with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals last season.
Mon, Jun 30, 2008 04:11:00 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Janne Niskala from the Predators on Tuesday.

In exchange, the Predators receive forward Triston Grant and a seventh round draft pick in 2009. Niskala had 19 goals and 44 points in the AHL last season - an impressive total for a defenseman. He will be in tough to crack a surprisingly deep Flyer squad, but could turn out to be the power-play specialist that can lighten Kimmo Timmonen's load.
Source: TSN.ca
Tue, Jun 24, 2008 06:41:00 PM

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