It’s safe to say that Matt Niskanen will never experience anything quite like the four days that led to him becoming a Washington Capital.

His extended weekend began on Saturday when he married his local sweetheart, Katie Garrick, near the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn.

The next night, he spoke with Penguins teammate an occasional defense partner Brooks Orpik, who on Sunday visited Washington and met with team owner Ted Leonsis, general manager Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz to see if the Capitals would be the right organization for him to complete his NHL career.

And then came free-agent Tuesday, a whirlwind of activity that featured at least 15 phone calls between Niskanen and his agent, Neil Sheehy, who was orchestrating the bidding war for the services of the 27-year-old native of Virginia, Minn.

The result, of course, was Niskanen signing the longest and richest contract of the NHL offseason – seven years and $40.25 million.