2013-14: 2nd on Maple Leafs in GWG (tie-4) .. 400th NHL game Feb. 27 at NYI .. 5 GP for Russia at 2014 Olympics - 2 PIMs .. Named to 2014 Russian Olympic Team Jan. 7 .. Missed 12 games (Oct. 5-30) due to ankle injury .. Suffered ankle injury in practice Oct. 4.
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