The team nabbed Saad as part of a seven-player deal last month, a move that the Blue Jackets captain believes speaks volumes to the club's management.
"I was really, really happy," Foligno told Sportsnet's Luke Fox. "The organization is making a statement about what type of team we want to be, how serious we are about winning. You bring in a player like Brandon Saad, who's won two Cups already, it's a big statement."
The team also added sandpaper in center Gregory Campbell via free agency, who Foligno believes, along with Saad and a healthy lineup, will make for a team the organization can have faith in.
"The organization was pleasantly surprised, and you didn’t see a lot of moves because (management realized), 'Wow, this is a good team.' That was on us. We felt like, no, no. Wait till we get healthy and see what we can do," Foligno said.
"We wanted to show that. Then you saw at the end of the season the type of team we can be. We just gotta stay healthy. The organization ran with that, we added pieces, and we’re excited for the start of the season."