VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 5: Vancouver Canucks trainer Jamie Hendricks walks through the team's newly refurbished dressing room prior to the start of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at General Motors Place on October 5, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks play their 2009-2010 season home-opener tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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