MONTREAL- SEPTEMBER 24: Patrice Brisebois of the Montreal Canadiens speaks to the media to announce his retirement from professional hockey prior to the NHL Preseason game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on September 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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