Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by Colorado with Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin, March 22, 2001) and Colorado's 1st round choices in 2001 (Dave Steckel) and 2003 (Brian Boyle) Entry Drafts for Rob Blake and Steve Reinprecht, February 21, 2001. Missed majority of 2002-03 season and entire 2003-04 due to concussion vs. Phoenix, December 15, 2002. Officially announced retirement, September 22, 2005.
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