BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Jani Lajunen #63 of the Nashville Predators takes a penalty for holding Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals at the 1st Mariner Arena on September 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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