RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 15: A member of the Carolina Hurricanes ice crew cleans the ice in front of a Hockey Fights Cancer dasher board prior to an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on October 15, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night as part of the NHL and NHLPA's joint Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. (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