UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 24: P.A. Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck against Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 24, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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