COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 20: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to the start of their game against the Anaheim Ducks on October 20, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets wore purple jerseys during warm ups that will later be auctioned off in part of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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