RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Gratton #24 of the Atlanta Thrashers punches Tom Kostopoulos #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period of an NHL preseason game at the RBC Center on September 25, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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