CHICAGO - MAY 11: Mats Sundin #13, Willie Mitchell #8, Sami Salo and Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate after Raymond scored a goalin the second period as Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates towards the bench during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 11, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/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