NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 14: Jason LaBarbera #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes chats with Chris Mason #30 of the Nashville Predators in warmups during an NHL game at the Bridgestone Arena on February 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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