COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 12: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the Columbus Blue Jackets loses his balance while getting his skate sharpened by assistant equipment manager Jamie Healy before their game against the St. Louis Blues on April 12, 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