On how he learned he was traded:
I had the day off so I was sitting on my couch, watching TV and I got a phone call that I was traded. I was happy going to a great organization and a club that has success in the last couple of years and belongs to the top of the league. And I just try to blend in and play the game hard and try to help this team win as many games as I can.
On whether he’s relieved to no longer be the subject of trade rumors:
I mean, you hear it and you pay attention to it a little bit but you never know where you’re going to end up. So you just have to take care of the business on the ice and know that whatever happens will happen and it’s part of this business. You get traded, you pack your stuff, you move on.
On whether Carolina asked him which teams he was interested in being traded to:
No, I have no movement, no clause like that. So whoever gave them the best offer probably, that’s where they will ship me. I’m happy I’m here right now.
On whether he has been told what his role on the team will be:
Not yet, I haven’t talked to the coaching staff. I just met them and then I had to get the physical and doctors get done. So I’m pretty sure I’ll talk to them later.
On whether he has talked to Robyn Regehr and Marian Gaborik about what it’s like to play in Los Angeles:
Yeah, it’s a high-end club and losing isn’t an option here. It’s great to be in an environment like that. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be a challenge.
On what his style of play is:
Small, skating defenseman who likes to move the puck, play the game smart, be responsible in the D-zone and if there is an opening, jump up offensively. I’m focusing on the D-zone first, and then if there is a chance, I’ll try to chip in. Simple game, nothing special.
On whether he expects to play in Anaheim:
Yes I do.
On his relationship with Mike Futa:
He was my GM, he was the guy who drafted me to Owen Sound, who brought me to Canadian junior hockey league and gave me the privilege to try Canadian hockey. I was very thankful. He’s a great guy. I have a good relationship with him and yep, that’s pretty much it.
On his favorite part of coming to Los Angeles as an opposing player:
The weather. The weather is nice, but also it’s always a high-tempo game. Guys here play hard from the first minute to the last and it’s always a tight game. We’ve got a pretty good team and it’s always tough to play against guy like that.
On how he likes his new living arrangements:
It’s easy. I’m an easy-going guy. I don’t need too much to be alive – a little bit of water, oxygen, bread and butter – I’m fine. [Reporter: Who is the new roommate?] I think it’s going to be Gabby. At least I hope so. I don’t know, there might be a surprise in the room. [Reporter: Two Slovakians in a room, is that going to be a problem?] Not at all, no. [Reporter: Are you in a hotel right now?] Yeah, for right now I’m in a hotel.
On whether he has to adjust his game going to a team that is higher in the standings:
I’m always the same way, you know? I know what I bring to the table. It’s as I said, I want to play hard, a simple game and just try to blend in and help this team to be in many more games. That’s it. That’s pretty much it, a hardworking and honest game.