Begins his second year with the Capitals after a +28 campaign in which he improved from a career -22 to a career +6.
Tied his career high by playing in 81 games … Had 54 points (16g-38a) for his third most productive offensive season in his career and his most productive since 2002-03 when he had 56 points with FLA … Shared the team lead with Alex Ovechkin and tied for seventh in the league with a +28 rating … Was +19 and had 29 points (9g-20a) on the road … Had an assist in four straight games (12/8-12/14, 4a); also had points in four straight games twice (1/19-1/24, 4g-2a and 2/29-3/5, 2g-3a) … Had back-to-back two-goal games (1/19 vs. FLA and 1/21 at PIT) … Had 12 points (8g-4a) in 12 games from 1/19-2/13 … Scored two GWGs (1/24 vs. TOR and 3/29 at FLA) … Scored the game-deciding shootout goal 3/25 at CAR … Recorded his third three-point game of the year with a hand in each goal 3/29 at FLA (1g-2a) … Registered eight points (1g-7a) in the final seven games of the season … Played in all seven ECQF against PHI and recorded three assists.
2006-07: Played a career-high 81 games for NYI … Notched a career-high 25 goals … Had 51 points … Ranked fifth on the team in goals and points … Finished the year with a +12 rating … Had five PPG and three GWG … His 28 PIM were the second most of his career … Scored twice in the first game of the season vs. PHX (10/5) … Recorded his 400th NHL point at TB (11/17) … Scored a career-high four goals at NYR (12/3), the second hat trick of his career … Named NHL’s First Star of the Week for the period ending 12/3, tallying seven goals and two assists for nine points in four games … Became the fifth player in NHL history to score six goals in a pair of road games on back-to-back days (12/2 at PIT, 2g; 12/3 at NYR, 4g) … Played in his 700th NHL game at NYR (12/19) … Scored one goal while skating a season-high 22:39 vs. BOS (2/10) … Appeared in five playoff games and had two assists.
2005-06: Skated in 69 games for NJ … Appeared in his 600th career game vs. PIT (10/5) … Distributed a career-high four assists and had a career-high five points at TB (11/25) … Finished tied for 10th in scoring for the Devils with 25 points … Appeared in three playoff games.
2004-05: Led hometown club Togliatti with 22 assists and 37 points … Team advanced to the Russian Super League championship series.
2003-04: Began season with FLA before being traded to NJ (3/1) … Prior to trade was fourth on FLA with 27 points in 48 games … Had two goals and six points in 11 games with NJ … Appeared in two playoff games.
2002-03: Scored 22 goals and set career highs with seven PPG and 232 shots … Scored his 100th NHL goal vs. NYI (10/20) … Scored at COL (1/2) for his 300th NHL point … Played in his 500th game at NJ (1/10) … Dished out his 200th assist at PIT (2/6).
2001-02: Had nine goals and 27 points in 50 games … Missed 32 games due to hip and abdominal injuries.
2000-01: Ranked second on FLA with 14 goals, 37 points and six PPG despite missing 31 games due to injuries … Played in 400th NHL game vs. NYR (2/9).
1999-00: Played in 80 games and recorded a career-high 53 assists and 70 points … Led FLA in assists and ranked third in points … Appeared in 300th NHL game at CGY (10/6) … Tallied 100th assist at ATL (12/3) … Had his first career NHL hat trick at ANA (1/5) … Posted game-high three assists for the World team in the NHL All-Star Game ... Ended the year with a career-high +24 plus/minus rating … Appeared in four playoff games and tallied one assist.
1998-99: Led FLA forwards with a +13 plus/minus rating and 209 shots on goal … Selected to the World All-Star Team, but did not play because of injury … Posted his 100th NHL point with an assist at BOS (11/19).
1997-98: Split season between SJ and FLA … Played in 200th NHL game at DET (2/27).
1996-97: Had a breakout year with SJ recording 16 goals and 41 points in 78 games … Ranked tied for fourth on the team in goals and fourth in assists (25) and points.
1995-96: Saw action in 62 games for SJ and finished the year with 19 points (6g-13a).
1994-95: Made NHL debut vs. ANA (2/18) … Scored his first NHL goal vs. CHI (3/21) … Posted four goals and nine points in 13 playoff games with Kansas City (IHL).
Has extensive experience representing Russia in international competition, appearing in one World Junior Championship (1993), four World Championships (1996, 1998, 2000, 2005), the 2005 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Olympics … Was also named to the Russian team at the 2002 Olympics, but did not play due to injury.
2006: Skated in eight games at the Olympics in Torino, Italy, and recorded two goals and three assists to help lead Russia to a fourth-place finish.
2005: Had one goal in nine games at the World Championship in Austria … Scored one goal in four games at the World Cup of Hockey.
2000: Tallied one goal and four points in six games at the World Championship.
1998: Notched four goals and five assists in only six games at the World Championship.
1996: Made his World Championship debut and had three assists in eight games.
1993: Had two goals and three points at the World Junior Championship.
Selected by San Jose in the first round, sixth overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft … Traded to Florida by San Jose with Florida's fifth-round choice (Jaroslav Spacek) in 1998 Entry Draft for Dave Lowry and Florida's first-round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay-Vincent Lecavalier) in 1998 Entry Draft, Nov. 13, 1997 … Traded to New Jersey by Florida for Christian Berglund and Victor Uchevatov, March 1, 2004 … Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, September 13, 2006 … Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2007.
Enjoys reading and playing tennis in his spare times … Lists Roger Federer as his favorite athlete … Saturday Night Live as his favorite TV show … Favorite NHL rink to play at is Montreal’s Bell Centre.