DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 28: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche and Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings talk during warm ups prior to their preseason match at the Pepsi Center on September 28, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/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