Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, October 10, 1996. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury vs. Anaheim, November 19, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 21, 2003. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Philadelphia, October 22, 2003. Traded to NY Islanders by Pittsburgh for Alain Nasreddine, March 8, 2004.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp