TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Spencer Abbott #56 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets around Jakub Kindl #4 of the Detroit Red Wings during NHL Preseason action at the Air Canada Centre September 28, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/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