Signed as a free agent by Washington, May 26, 2009. Traded to Florida by Washington with Washington's 3rd round choice (Jonathan Racine) in 2011 Entry Draft for Dennis Wideman, February 28, 2011. Traded to Dallas by Florida with Florida's 5th round choice (Henri Kiviaho) in 2012 Entry Draft for Krys Barch and Dallas' 6th round choice (later traded to Nashville Nahville selected Simon Fernholm) in 2012 Entry Draft, December 7, 2011.
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