NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 9: The United States Color Guard prepares to walk onto the ice prior to the start of the New York Rangers game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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