DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up with pink tape around his stick in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during a NHL game against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena on October 10, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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