DALLAS, TX - MARCH 10: Goalie Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars stops a shot on goal as Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks looks for the rebound while Mark Fistric #28 of the Dallas Stars defends during the second period of a hockey game at the American Airlines Center on March 10, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/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