DENVER - OCTOBER 1: A view of the Colorado Avalanche locker room set up with Joe Sakic game Jerseys prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center on October 1, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Jerseys will be auctioned off after being signed by each player and Joe Sakic. (Photo by Michael Martin/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