2006-07 SEASON: Appeared in 77 games with the Buffalo Sabres, registering 37 goals and 32 ssists for 69 points, along with 30 penalty minutes … Served as team’s co-captain for second consecutive season … Scored 30-plus goals for the second consecutive season … Established career-highs in goals (37), points (69), power play goals (17), shorthanded goals (three) and game-winning goals (nine) … Led the Sabres and tied for third in the NHL with a 58.8 faceoff percentage … Led the team and ranked fourth in the NHL in faceoffs won (948) … Led the Sabres and tied for fourth in the NHL in power play goals (17) and game-winning goals (nine) … Ranked first on the team and tied for 10th in the league with three shorthanded goals … Led team forwards and tied for 11th among NHL forwards with 65 blocked shots … His 37 goals ranked second on the Sabres and tied for 14th in the NHL … Ranked third on the team in scoring with 69 points … Notched 39 points in first 40 games of season, recording 21 goals and 18 assists over the span … Scored 10 goals in first nine games … Tied a season-high with four points on Dec. 26 vs. Washington (two goals and two assists) … Recorded his first career NHL hat trick and added one assist on Oct. 14 vs. Rangers … Skated in 16 post-season contests, tallying eight goals and five assists for 13 points … Led Sabres with eight playoff goals and three game-winning goals … His three game-winners tied for second in the league … Ranked third among all NHL players in playoff goals (eight) … Shared team lead with three power play goals … Ranked second on team in playoff scoring with 13 points … Notched five points (three goals and two assists) in six games vs. NY Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals … Notched two goals, including the game-winner, in Game One on Apr. 12 vs. NY Islanders … Scored two goals, including the gamewinner, in Game Four on Apr. 18 at NY Islanders.
2005-06 SEASON: Reached 30-goal mark for the first time in his career… Led Buffalo with 16 PPG… Ranked third in the NHL in faceoff wins (911) and fourth in total faceoffs (1641)… Scored his 30th goal of the season at Carolina (4/18)… Scored two goals vs. Toronto (4/16)... Scored SHG and had an assist at Montreal (4/15)... Had two points (1+1) atOttawa (4/8)... Scored goal and added an assist vs. Boston (3/29)... Scored two points (1+1) at NYR (3/27)...Had two points (1+1) at Boston (3/25)...Scored two goals and one assist vs. Toronto (3/16)...Had two points (1+1) at Philadelphia (3/11) ... Had two points (1+1) at Toronto (1/26)... Tied his career-high with four points (1+3) including the GWG vs. Los Angeles (1/14)... Scored GWG vs. Tampa Bay (1/5)... Scored three points (1+2) vs. NY Islanders (12/26)... Scored GWG at Tampa Bay (12/21)... Scored second consecutive GWG (PP) vs. Pittsburgh (12/17)... Scored OT GWG and added two assists at Pittsburgh (12/16)... Scored tying goal and assisted on Mike Grier's GW at Minnesota (12/11). ... Scored one goal and one assist vs. NY Islanders (11/23)... Had one goal and one assist vs New Jersey (11/15)... Extended point streak to four games with goal vs. Ottawa (11/2)... Scored first goal of the season at NJ (10/28)... Was named co-captain (along with Briere) during training camp… 2006 PLAYOFFS: Career-high 18 playoff points (9+9) in 18 games... Had two points (1+1) at Carolina (5/22)... Had two points (1+1) at Ottawa (5/13)... Scored his fourth career playoff OT goal in 7-6 Game 1 win at Ottawa (5/5)... Scored four points (2+2) at Philadelphia (5/2)... Had one goal and one assist vs. Philadelphia (4/24).
2003-04 SEASON: Appeared in 76 games with Buffalo, registering 18 goals and 35 assists for 53 points, along with 68 penalty minutes … Named captain for Mar. and Nov. … Tied for third on the team in scoring with 53 points … Ranked third in goals (18) and assists (35) … Led the team in power play goals (17) and faceoffs won (948) … Registered 15 multi-point games, including one three-point game
2002-03 SEASON: Appeared in 80 games with Calgary, registering 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points … Ranked second on the Flames in goals (23), third in points (53) and fourth in assists (30) … Registered seven multi-point games, including four three-point games … Scored 20th goal of season (game-winner) on Mar. 7 at Chicago ... Recorded a five-game goal-scoring streak from Mar. 1 to Mar. 8 (five goals) … Recorded consecutive game-winning goals on Nov. 5 at New Jersey and Nov. 4 at NY Islanders … Posted a career-high, seven-game scoring streak from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5, tallying four goals and four assists over the span.
2001-02 SEASON: Appeared in 82 games with Colorado for the second time in his career, tallying 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points, along with 38 penalty minutes … Ranked second on team in shots (236) and first in faceoff percentage (53.2%) … Tied for second on team in goals (21) and led Colorado in game-winning goals (six) … Team went 18-0-1 when he scored … Recorded eight multi-point games, including one four-point game, two three-point games … Posted a season-high, five-game scoring streak from Jan. 19 to Jan. 26, tallying six goals and two assists over the span … Recorded a five-game goal-scoring streak from Jan. 19 to Jan. 26 (six) … Skated in 21 playoff games, scoring five goals and seven assists for 12 points, along with 10 penalty minutes … Tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 12 points … Notched his third career overtime playoff goal on May 20 at Detroit … Recorded the seriesclinching goal on Apr. 29 vs. Los Angeles in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
2000-01 SEASON: Appeared in 71 games with the Avalanche, tallying 24 goals and 41 assists for 65 points, along with 47 penalty minutes … Ranked fifth on the team in goals (24) and points (65) … Ranked fourth on team in assists (41) … Recorded 19 multi-point games, including two three-point games and 16 two-point games … Recorded three assists on Feb. 21 vs. Boston … Registered four consecutive multi-point games from Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, including one three-point games, registering three goals and six assists over the span … Posted a season-high, six-game scoring streak from Jan. 7 to Jan. 18, tallying four goals and three assists over the span … Skated in 23 playoff games, registering 11 goals and five assists for 16 points, along with four penalty minutes, helping lead Colorado to the Stanley Cup Championship … Set postseason career-highs in games played (23) and goals (11) … Ranked fourth on team in postseason scoring with 16 points … Notched a goal
in three consecutive games from Apr. 16 to Apr. 26 … Recorded seventh career playoff game-winning goal on Apr. 12 vs. Vancouver.
1999-2000 SEASON: Appeared in 82 games with the Avalanche, registering 20 goals and 47 assists for 67 points, along with 42 penalty minutes … Ranked second on the team in assists (47) and third in goals (20) and points (67) … Had 16 multi-point games, including two three-point games and one four-point game … Picked up a season-high four assists and a plus-four rating on Mar. 7 at Calgary … Recorded a season-high, six-game scoring streak from Mar. 2 to Mar. 14, tallying one goal and six assists over the span ... Recorded a season-high, 10 shots on goal on Oct. 11 at Boston … Skated in 17 postseason games, notching four goals and 10 assists … Tallied his first career multi-point playoff game (one goal and one assist) on Apr. 29 vs. Detroit.
1998-99 SEASON: Skated in 79 games with the Colorado Avalanche, notching 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points … Received the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year, finishing the season third among rookie goal scorers (20 goals) … Named to NHL All-Rookie Team … Tallied six power play goals and three game-winning goals … Nine of his 20 goals either tied the game or was game-winning … Ranked fifth on team with 20 goals … Recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Oct. 18 at Los Angeles … Posted a season-high five-game scoring streak from Dec. 27 to Jan. 4, registering three goals and three assists over the span … Skated in 19 playoff games, tallying six goals and two assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes … Four of six goals were game-winners … Tied for second on team with six goals.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Made two appearances for the United States (2002 and 2006) in the Winter Olympics, capturing the silver medal in 2002 in Salty Lake City, Utah … Recorded three assists in six games during the 2006 Olympics … Represented the Unites States at the 1996 World Junior Championship in six games … Has appeared in three World Championships (1997, 1998, 2004), registering four goals and six assists for 10 points in 23 games … Also skated in five games with the U.S. squad at the 2005 World Cup.
COLLEGE CAREER: Played four seasons with Boston University of the Hockey East, registering 113 goals and 100 assists (213 points), along with 236 penalty minutes in 155 games. 1994-95: Notched 12 goals and 15 assists, along with 38 penalty minutes in 39 games during his freshman season … Captured NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship. 1995-96: Achieved single-season, career-high marks in assists (32) and points (67). 1996-97: Registered a career-high, 38 goals … Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. 1997-98: Became the first player in Boston University’s history to tally 100 career goals and assists … Won the Hobey Baker Award … Also named the top defensive forward in Hockey East.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 28, 1994 – Quebec’s third round choice, 72nd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. October 1, 2002 – Traded to Calgary from Colorado, along with Stephane Yelle, in exchange for Dean McAmmond, Derek Morris and Jeff Shantz. July 3, 2003 – Traded to Buffalo from Calgary, along with Steve Begin, in exchange for Rhett Warrener and Steve Reinprecht. July 1, 2007 – Signed with the Rangers as a free agent.
BACKGROUND: Was the winning pitcher for Trumbell in the 1989 Little League World Series vs. Taiwan … Grew up idolizing Don Mattingly … Favorite band is U2 … His brother, Ted, played in the NHL from 1993-2001 and has skated with the Krefeld Penguins of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for the past three seasons … Married; wife, Rory.
LONGEST POINT STREAK: 7, (two times) 10/13 to 10/26/03 (two goals and seven assists)
LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 5, 1/19 to 1/26/02 (six goals)
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 5, 3/2 to 3/12/00 (eight assists)
MOST GOALS, GAME: 3, Oct. 14, 2006 vs. NYR (Weekes)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 4, Mar. 4, 2000 at Cgy.
MOST POINTS, GAME: 4, (six times), last – Dec. 26, 2006 vs. Wsh.
MOST PIM, GAME: 19, Oct. 7, 2001 at Edm.
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 10, Oct. 11, 1999 at Bos.
FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 10, 1998 vs. Ott.
FIRST NHL GOAL: Oct. 18, 1998 at L.A. (Fiset)