RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 28: Prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, fans of Brandon Sutter display message along the glass during pre-game warmups on February 28, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tonight marks Sutter's return to PNC Arena to face his former teammates after a trade package sent him to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jordan Staal. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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