SAINT PAUL, MN - FEBRUARY 09: Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild knocks the puck away from Matt Hunwick #48 of the Colorado Avalanche during the game at Xcel Energy Center on February 09, 2011 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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