WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: John Carlson #74 celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on November 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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