Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Two
WASHINGTON - MAY 04: Alex Ovechkin #8 and Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals makes there way through the fans for the pregame warm ups before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 4, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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