COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 26: A pair of young Columbus Blue Jackets fans pose next to the cannon for a photo before the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 26, 2013 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