RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 24: Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes dives to block a shot by Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres during play at PNC Arena on January 24, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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