OTTAWA - APRIL 4: Ryan Shannon #26 of the Ottawa Senators digs for a loose puck outside the crease against Mike Knuble #22 and Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place on April 4, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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