DENVER, CO - JANUARY 26: Adam Foote #52 of the Colorado Avalanche stretches on the boards while talking with a girls' hockey team watching the pre-game skate against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Pepsi Center on January 26, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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