BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: Fans of the Buffalo Sabres enjoy a spring afternoon parking lot cookout before the game against the Washington Capitals on March 30, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The fans are Nicole Bonaroti, Gilbert Gillian, Jason Kraft and Ann Crowley (L-R). (Photo by Bill Wippert/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