Signed as a free agent by Skalica (Slovakia), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (CzRep), November 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 8, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden). October 7, 2005.
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