BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 28: Marcus Foligno #82 of the Buffalo Sabres prepares his hockey stick with lavender tape for their game against the Dallas Stars on Hockey Fights Cancer Night on October 28, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Foligno's mother, Janis, died from cancer in 2009. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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