Missed majority of 2011-12 recovering from off-season hip surgery and as a healthy reserve. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from San Jose, January 31, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to hand (September 14, 2013 during scrimmage) and shoulder (January 14, 2014 at Boston) injuries and as a healthy reserve.
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