ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 4: Goalie Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues blocks a shot from teammate Andy McDonald #10 during warm-ups in an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 4, 2012 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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