VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 10: Brad Richardson #15 of the Vancouver Canucks kicks a soccer ball as he warms up with teammates before their NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena January 10, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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