Joe Elliott of Def Leppard hoists the Stanley Cup after Kyle Quincy and Darren McCarty of Detroit Red Wings passed it off to him during NHL Face-Off Rocks at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.(Photo By Dave Sandford/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