TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Alex Killorn #17 and Cory Conacher #89 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight for control of the puck with Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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