OTTAWA - APRIL 9: Jarkko Ruutu #73 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first period goal with teammates Brendan Bell #9, Brian Lee #55 and Christoph Schubert #5 as Mike Mottau #27 of the New Jersey Devils skates away at Scotiabank Place on April 9, 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