Missed majority of 2008-09 due to knee injury vs. Worcester (AHL), October 31, 2008. Traded to Columbus by NY Rangers for Chad Kolarik, November 11, 2010. Traded to Phoenix by Columbus with Rostislav Klesla for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Columbus. July 11, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 5, 2012. Traded to Washington by Edmonton for Garrett Stafford, April 2, 2013.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3