ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 15: Newly appointed St. Louis Cardinals baseball team manager Mike Matheny drops the puck between David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues and Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings before an NHL game on November 15, 2011 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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