Claimed by Anaheim from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, September 27, 1999. Claimed by Minnesota from Anaheim in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), July 23, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Leksands (Sweden), December 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Rouen (France), September 4, 2007.
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