SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 17: Joe Thornton #19 and Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks crash the net against Brad Stuart #23 and Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion on March 17, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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