PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 26: Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Craig Rivet #52 of the Buffalo Sabres pose for a ceremonial puck drop prior to thier game on October 26, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dropping the puck is Donna Ashbee, wife of the late Flyer Barry Ashbee #4, with her children Heather and Danny. They were presented with Barry's retired #4 banner during the pre-game ceremony. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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