|Mike Hedden (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
On the process of the signing:
"It was a work in progress. A lot of it took place before playoffs. I was originally talking to a team in Finland and looked like I was going to be signing there. Things got delayed and out of nowhere, Croatia came up and started talking to my agent. They shot back and forth and worked something out. Out of respect, I kept it quiet [during playoffs].On going out on top:
"I'm excited. It's a new chapter I'm looking forward to. It's time to go; I'm not getting any younger."
"I have no regrets. This is a great organization. It's obviously sad to go because there are such great fans and such a great group of guys. It's a well-knit group. I'm a little upset but it's time to go."On his new team having so many North Americans:
"I didn't want to go somewhere where it was just me and one other North American, especially since I'm bringing the 'old lady' with me. That factored into it quite a bit. I'm glad there are a lot of North Americans."On how his girlfriend is taking the move:
"She's excited. Obviously she has a lot of family here, she's from here, but she's excited."On the opportunity he had in Texas:
"I owe a lot to Scott White. He brought me in three years ago, two years out of D3. I wasn't experienced yet. I wanted to show everyone I could play at this level. They gave me the chance, and I just ran with it."The KHL's preseason starts the first week in August.