Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen retires, and Justin Braun is quickly re-signed

In a stunner that already has had an effect on the Flyers’ offseason moves, defenseman Matt Niskanen has decided to end a quality 13-year career.General manager Chuck Fletcher confirmed the retirement on Monday afternoon. A short time later, he announced the Flyers had re-signed veteran defenseman Justin Braun to a two-year contract that carries an annual $1.8 million cap hit. Braun had a $3.8 million cap hit last season.Braun, 33, could have become an unrestricted free agent Friday.Niskanen, 33, was part of the Flyers’ No. 1 pairing in 2019-20. He stabilized the game of his defensive partner,…

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