CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Captain Niklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings fights off Jarome Iginla #12 in front of Detroit Goalie Chris Osgood as Cory Sarich #6 takes a shot from the point against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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