SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 11: Shawn Matthias #18 of the Florida Panthers passes the puck against Patrick Dwyer #39 of the Carolina Hurricanes at the BankAtlantic Center on March 11, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/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