COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 25: Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets walks through the 'Tunnel of Pride' while high-fiving on his way to taking the ice prior to the start of the game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 25, 2012 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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