TERRACE, BC - SEPTEMBER 14: Jeff Tambellini of the New York Islanders and Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks speaks to the students while visiting Thornhill Elementary School September 14, 2009 in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks and the Islanders will be playing a pre season game in celebration of Kraft Hockville 2009. (Photo by Rich Lam/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