ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: Jaden Schwartz #9 of the St. Louis Blues looks into the stands for a moment during warm-ups prior to the game against the New York Rangers in an NHL game on October 12, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by A. J. Phillips/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