RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 06: The CYAH starter of the game joins Drayson Bowman #21 and Brandon Sutter #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes for the national anthem prior to an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 6, 2011 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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