RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 23: Chad LaRose #59 of the Carolina Hurricanes is stick checked by Jesse Joensuu #6 of the New York Islanders as he wraps the puck around to the front of the net where goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders waits to make a save during their NHL game at PNC Arena on April 23, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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