SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 26: Goaltender Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks dives to stop the puck headed for his goal as teammate Justin Braun #61 looks on against the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on December 26, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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