TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 5: B.J. Crombeen #19 and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning joke around prior to taking the ice for pre game warmups before the start of the game against of the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 5, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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