ST PAUL, MN - MAY 7: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against Jonas Brodin #25 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/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