DETROIT - FEBRUARY 11: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks gets congratulated for his goal by teammates: Niclas Wallin #7 and Dan Boyle #22 as Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on dejectedly during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 11, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
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