ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Kris Russel #10 and Ethan Moreau #19 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle Guillaume Latendresse #48 of the Minnesota Wild for the puck during the first period at Xcel Energy Center on October 16, 2010 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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