Report: Jets, Niku mutually agree to terminate contract
The decision was mutual between the two sides, reports the Toronto Star's Chris Johnston.
Niku was entering the final campaign of a two-year deal worth $725,000 annually.
The 24-year-old once showed great promise. He was named the AHL's defenseman of the year in 2017-18 - his first season in North America - after racking up 54 points over 76 games with the Manitoba Moose.
However, he was never able to carve out a consistent NHL role for himself while recording only two goals and eight assists in 54 contests across four seasons. He made just six appearances in 2020-21.
Niku is hoping to start fresh with a different organization and is not aiming to play in Europe right now, Johnston adds.
The Jets selected Niku in the seventh round in 2015.