Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal for Sylvain Blouin and NY Rangers' 6th round choice (later traded to Phoenix Phoenix selected Erik Lewerstrom) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 30, 1998. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers for Kevin Hatcher, September 30, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 2, 2000.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3