BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 15: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins chats in warmups with fellow goaltender Patrick Lalime #40 of the Buffalo Sabres before their game at HSBC Arena on December 15, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday