RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 18: The All Star Game logo is displayed on center ice before the Carolina Hurricanes play the Anaheim Ducks on December 18, 2010 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Pilling/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