ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 13: Brent Sopel #2 of the Atlanta Thrashers is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Philips Arena on November 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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