VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 23: Jordan Schroeder #45 of the Vancouver Canucks is welcomed by fans before his first-ever NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena January 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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