Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury vs. Vancouver, November 24, 2000. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Sean Avery, Detroit's 1st round choice (Jeff Tambellini) in 2003 Entry Draft and Detroit's 2nd round choice (later traded to Boston - Boston selected Martins Karsums) in 2004 Entry Draft for Mathieu Schneider, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), June 7, 2004. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (Russia), November, 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