UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Matt Carkner #7 of the New York Islanders walks to the ice for warm-ups prior to the game against the Washington Capitals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 30, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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