PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Belanger #25 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on October 31, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/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