Missed majority of 2001-02 due to knee injury vs. Chicago, December 31, 2001. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to groin injury suffered in practice, October 5, 2002. Traded to Anaheim by Ottawa for Todd Simpson, February 4, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), September, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (Russia), August 16, 2006.
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