WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals wears green sweater to celebrate St. Patrick's Day during warm ups of a NHL hockey game against the Chicago Black Hawks on March 13, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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