OTTAWA - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Members of the management and coaching staff Tim Murray, Brad Lauer, Cory Clouston, Luke Richardson, Bryan Murray, Eli Wilson Greg Carvel and Tim Pattyson of the Ottawa Senators show off their Hockey Fights Cancer ties prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Place on October 15, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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