Assigned to Lake Erie (AHL) by Colorado, September 17, 2007, failed to report, was suspended by Colorado and then announced his retirement. Signed as a free agent by Florida, October 9, 2009. Traded to Vancouver by Florida with Keith Ballard for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and Vancouver's 1st round choice (Quinton Howden) in 2010 Entry Draft, June 25, 2010.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter