A ninth-year pro who begins his third season with Washington … Earned a Stanley Cup ring with Tampa Bay in 2003-04.
Registered 20 points (7g-13a) in 66 games … Credited with 83 hits (seventh on team) … Ranked tied for 11th on the team in PIM (44) … Began the season on defense before returning to right wing in November … Played 15-plus minutes in 19 games during the season, including a season-high nine-game stretch (10/5-10/27) … Skated season-high 24:27 on 10/25 at COL to lead the team … Tallied a pair of goals at PHI (11/4) in his first game back at right wing … Played in his 400th NHL game on 12/8 vs. ANA … Registered two assists vs. TB (12/19; second multiple-point game of season) … Scored his 50th NHL goal on 1/9 vs. PHI … Had season-high three-game point streak from 1/27-2/1, notching an assist in each contest (3a) … Missed eight games due to injury, including the final seven contests (sports hernia).
2005-06: Finished sixth on the Capitals with a career-high 16 goals and seventh with 33 points … Seven of his 16 goals were the Caps’ first goal of the game … Team was 8-6-1 when he scored a goal … His 13 even-strength goals ranked third on the team, while his 24 even-strength points ranked fifth … Ranked fifth on the team with seven multiple-point games … Played his 300th NHL game 10/12 at CAR … Scored his first goal as a Capital at TOR (11/8) … Had goals in three straight games, a career-best goal-scoring streak, including two GWGs from 1/16-1/21 … Matched his career-best point streak with points in four straight games from 3/14-3/20 (2g-6a) … Matched a career high with three points (2g-1a) 3/14 vs. BUF … Recorded his 100th career point at NYR (3/16) … Posted 13 points in 15 GP in March (4g-9a), third on the team in scoring that month … Had 16 points (5g-11a) and was +3 in his last 20 games of the season.
2004-05: Averaged more than a point per game (11g-12a) in 19 GP with EHC Biel-Bienne of the Swiss National League … Played 11 playoff games, recording 17 points (6g-11a).
2003-04: A member of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning … Played 66 games for TB, recording 10 points (2g-8a) … Tied a career high with three points (3a) vs. PHX (10/16) and finished +3 … Posted an assist and was +3 vs. PIT (11/8) … Had a career-high seven shots on goal vs. FLA (12/31) … Skated in five playoff games, including four during the Stanley Cup Finals … Played in the last four games of the Cup Finals, helping the Lightning erase a 2-1 series deficit.
2002-03: Ranked 10th on the Lightning in scoring with 18 points (6g-12a) … Half of his points (2g-7a) came in the season’s last 25 games … First points of the year came in a multi-point game, 10/19 at PIT (1g-1a) … Played in all 11 playoff games for TB, recording two assists.
2001-02: Appeared in a career-high 81 games in his first full season playing forward … Finished fourth on the team in assists (20), tied for sixth in goals (14) and tied for sixth in points (34) … Was second on the team with 123 hits … Played 20-plus minutes 18 times … Posted six multi-point games … Posted his first two-goal game 10/20 vs. NYR … Had a career-best four-game point-scoring streak (11/10-11/20, 2g-4a) … Scored the GWG in back-to-back games 11/17-11/20 … Collected a career-high three assists 2/4 vs. OTT.
2000-01: Appeared in 23 NHL games, posting five goals and one assist … Played his first NHL game as a forward 2/25 at BUF … Scored his five goals in the last 13 games of the season … Spent 53 games with the IHL’s Detroit Vipers, recording 13 points (5g-8a).
1999-00: Played 60 games as a rookie, recording eight points (2g-6a) … Signed by TB 10/2 and assigned to Detroit (IHL) … Recalled 10/15 and made his NHL debut the next night vs. ATL … Recorded two assists, his first NHL points, 11/6 at PIT … Scored first NHL goal 11/17 at ATL … Logged 20-plus minutes of ice time in 11 straight games from 11/22-12/19.
1998-99: Recorded 56 points (12g-44a) in 70 games with Seattle (WHL) … Was the team’s top scoring defenseman and finished third on the club in assists … Appeared in 11 playoff games, posting six points (1g-5a).
1997-98: Limited to one game with Minnesota (WCHA) after suffering a shoulder injury 10/10 vs. Michigan.
1996-97: Appeared in 29 games as a freshman at Minnesota, recording 20 points (7g-13a) with 64 PIM.
Has represented the United States in three international competitions … Played seven games in the 2000 World Championship … Appeared in back-to-back World Junior Championships in 1996 and 1997, capturing a silver medal in 1997.
Selected by Boston in the second round, 27th overall, in the 1997 Entry Draft … Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, Oct. 2, 1999 … Signed as a free agent by Washington, Aug. 8, 2005.
Spends his summers in Minnesota … Won the 1994 Minnesota High School State Hockey Tournament … Supports the Shjon Podein Children’s Foundation … An avid golfer, his favorite athlete is Tiger Woods … Lists “The Da Vinci Code” as his favorite book.