SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates behind the goal with control of the puck keeping it away from Matt Irwin #52 of the San Jose Sharks during the first period at SAP Center on February 1, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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