CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Calgary Flames players wear the #4 of former Flame player and coach Brad McCrimmon during the warm up before NHL action against the Detroit Red Wings on January 31, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. McCrimmon died in a plane crash while coaching in Russia. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/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