TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Eric Brewer #2 of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks up to greet fans as he heads out to the ice for pre-game skate against the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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