DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 2: Adam Foote 's #52 jersey hangs in the locker room of the Colorado Avalanche prior to the jersey retirement ceremony before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Pepsi Center on November 2, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The jerseys will be worn during warm up's and signed by each player and Foote and auctioned off online (Photo by Michael Martin/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