BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 07: Stu Barnes, formerly of the Buffalo Sabres, chats with former teammates before their game against the Winnipeg Jets at First Niagara Center on January 7, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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