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Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2006.
Drafted: FLA / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (117th overall)
CAREER: 2005-06: Scored 43 points (12+31) with 96 PIM and was +11 in 76 games … Began season with Chicago before being traded to Edmonton on 1/26/06… Scored 19 points (5+14) with 24 PIM and +3 in 31 games with Edmonton …Scored 24 points (7+17) with 72 PIM and +8 in 45 games with Chicago …Scored points in 14 of 31 games and was plus or even in 19 of 31 games with Oilers …24th in scoring among NHL defensemen … 2006 PLAYOFFS: Scored 14 points (3+11) with 24 PIM in 24 games for Edmonton …Had points in 10 of 24 games and is plus or even in 15 of 24 games …Finished 2nd in scoring among defensemen – was 3rd in goals and 2nd in assists.
2004-05: Appeared in 30 games for HC Lasselsberger Plzen of the Czech Elite League tallying 11 points (three goals, eight assists)…Appeared in 17 games for HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Elite League registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists)…Skated in seven playoff games for HC Slavia Praha totaling two assists and eight penalty minutes.
2003-2004: Tallied 5-17=22 with 45 PIM and -13 plus/minus rating in 58 games… Second among CBJ defensemen in goals, assists and points. . . Netted two power play, one shorthanded and two game-winning goals… Led Blue Jackets defensemen with 108 shots on goal… Notched three multi-point games (Jan. 31 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 28 vs. Colorado and Apr. 2 vs. Colorado)… Set team record by a defenseman with eight shots on goal Feb. 28 vs. Colorado… Netted fastest goal to start a period in 2003-04, scoring 35 seconds into the second period Feb. 11 vs. Los Angeles… Missed 24 games due to a groin injury (Nov. 29 - Jan. 18)…Games lost to injury: 24… Multi-point (goal) games: 3 (0)… Most Points: 2 (3x) - Apr. 2 vs. Colorado, most recent…Most Goals: 1 (5x) - Apr. 2 vs. Colorado.
2002-2003: Tallied 9-36=45 with 70 PIM and -23 plus/minus rating in 81 games…Set Blue Jackets record for most assists and points by a defenseman and set career highs in both categories… Played 300th game of his NHL career Nov. 20 vs. St. Louis…Became first Jackets player to score second overtime goal with his tally Feb. 13 at Montreal… Established a team record for a defenseman with a point (1-7=8) in seven straight games (Jan. 10 - Jan. 22)…Also scored a point in each of the Jackets' first five games (2-3=5)…Missed one game due to the birth of his son.
2001-02: Tallied 5-13=18 with 53 PIM and -4 plus/minus rating in 74 games, including 2-3=5 in 14 games with Columbus after being acquired from Chicago…Scored a point in his first two games with the Jackets (1-1=2)…Registered a shorthanded goal in first game at Nationwide Arena vs. Detroit on Mar. 21…Tallied overtime power play goal in home finale Apr. 12 vs. Atlanta… Missed eight games with Chicago due to a broken finger (Nov. 28 - Dec. 12).
2000-01: Began the season with Florida, scoring 2-3=5 in 12 games…Made his Chicago debut on Nov. 8 vs. San Jose…Suffered a cracked bone in his shoulder on Jan 14. vs. Colorado and was sideline for 18 games.
1999-2000: Completed his second NHL season and second with the Panthers…Set career highs in goals (10), assists (26) and points (36)…Ranked among Panthers' defenseman leaders in goals (first), assists (second), points (second), power-play goals (first, 4), and shots on goal (second, 111)…Ranked among team leaders in average ice time (third, 22:39), hits (seventh, 122) and blocked shots (second, 98)…One of only three players to play in every game for the Panthers…Logged first career two point game and was +4 Oct. 22 vs. Calgary…Notched first career three point game with a goal and two assists Dec. 18 at Pittsburg…Played in his 100th NHL game Jan. 1 vs. Tampa Bay.
1998-99: Completed first NHL season…Had three goals and 12 assists in 63 games…Led the team and finished third among NHL rookies with a +15 rating…Finished fifth among first year defenseman in scoring…Made NHL debut on opening night vs. Tampa Bay Oct. 9…Scored first NHL goal on Oct 24 at Washington…Notched his first NHL assist Dec. 1 at NY Rangers…Recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 14 games with New Haven, including three power play goals…Had two assists to register his first career multiple point game at NY Islanders Jan. 20…Scored first shorthanded goal vs. Phoenix on Feb. 20.