|BIRTHPLACE:||Honeoye Falls, NY, USA|
|DRAFTED:||STL: 1996-14 overall|
Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 1, 2011.
Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (14th overall) of the 1996 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Traded to the Edmonton Oilers, along with Jochen Hecht and Jan Horacek, in exchange for Doug Weight and Michel Riesen on July 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Salzburg (Austria) on January 30, 2005. Traded to the Boston Bruins, along with Yan Stastny and Edmonton’s second round pick (Milan Lucic) in the 2006 NHL Draft, in exchange for Sergei Samsonov on March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton on July 4, 2006. Signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers on July 17, 2008. Traded from Atlanta to the Chicago Blackhawks with Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin, and New Jersey’s first and second round choices in the 2010 NHL Draft, in exchange for Brent Sopel, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu on June 24, 2010. Traded from Chicago to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jeff Taffe on July 22, 2010.
Scored six points (1g/5a) in 61 games during his first season with the Islanders and his 14th professional campaign...Made his Islanders debut on Oct. 8 vs. Florida...Had a three-game assist streak from Dec. 2-6...Missed 17 games due to a broken hand suffered Jan. 6 at Anaheim.
2010-11: Established a career high in points (32) and tied his career best in goals (14) and games played (82) during his 13th professional season and his first with Florida…Four of his goals were game-winners…Finished the season with a plus-2 rating…Ranked 21st in the NHL in faceoff percentage (54.5%)…Was nominated by his teammates for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy…Tallied two goals in the season opener on Oct. 10 at Edmonton…Added two other two-goal games on Dec. 17 vs. Buffalo and Jan. 7 vs. Carolina…Played in his 700th NHL game on Mar. 27 at Pittsburgh…Recorded points in four straight games for his longest scoring streak of the season from Feb. 10-18 (1g/4a)…Recorded seven two-point games.
2009-10: Tallied four goals and 13 assists in 80 games during his second season with Atlanta…Recorded three two-point games (Nov. 8 vs. St. Louis, Nov. 13 vs. Los Angeles, Dec. 28 at New Jersey).
2008-09: Recorded 30 points (14g/16a) in 79 games for Atlanta… Finished the season with his second-highest career plus/minus rating (+11)…Tallied a short-handed goal on Mar. 14 at Buffalo…Added two three-game point streaks from Feb. 24-28 (1g/2a) and to close out the season from Apr. 7-11 (1g/3a).
2007-08: Played in all 82 games with Edmonton, recording 11 goals and 14 assists in his 10th professional season…Tallied a season-best three points (1g/2a) on Mar. 22 vs. Colorado.
2006-07: Scored 20 points (6g/14a) during his second stint with Edmonton, accumulating 60 penalty minutes in 72 games…Recorded two two-point games on the season (Nov. 24 vs. Chicago, Feb. 1 at Vancouver).
2005-06: Split the season between Edmonton and Boston…Started the season with the Oilers, skating in 58 games and tallying 26 points (9g/17a)…Added five power-play goals and one game-winning goal, before being traded to the Bruins…Recorded two goals and six assists in 19 games with Boston.
2004-05: Played in 11 games with the EC Red Bull in Salzburg, Austria during the NHL lockout…Tallied five goals and four assists and added 12 penalty minutes.
2003-04: Played in only 17 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury during his fourth campaign with Edmonton…Recorded eight points (2g/6a) and finished with a plus-five rating.
2002-03: Tallied 31 points (11g/20a) in 70 games with the Oilers...Scored two power-play goals and two short-handed goals…Finished the season with a career-best plus-19 rating...Had a four-game point streak (2g/3a) from Mar. 15 to Mar. 22…Also skated in two games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, tallying two points (2a) and adding two penalty minutes.
2001-02: Recorded 11 points (6g/5) in 52 games during his first season with the Oilers…Three of his goals were on the power play, while two were game-winners.
2000-01: Skated in 41 games during his third professional season with St. Louis, tallying four goals and nine assists…Also spent time with the Worcester IceCats (AHL), recording 17 goals and 18 assists in 34 games.
1999-00: Split time with Worcester of the AHL and St. Louis during his second professional season…Tallied 23 goals (six on the power play and one short-handed) and 28 assists in 44 games with Worcester…Recorded 24 points (10g/14a) in 32 games with St. Louis…Three of his 10 goals were on the power play…Recorded a plus-nine rating. 1998-99: Saw his first NHL action in his first professional season, appearing in 22 games with St. Louis and posting three goals, seven assists and a plus-2 rating…Scored his first NHL point/assist in his second career NHL game on Oct. 12 at NY Rangers…Scored his first goal in his third NHL game on Oct. 16 at Detroit…Also skated in 44 games with Worcester, contributing 39 points (17g/22), with nine power-play goals...Skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games with Worcester, scoring three points (2g/1a).