WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: A fan of the Washington Capitals holds up a sign prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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