|BIRTHPLACE:||Missisauga, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||TOR: 2000-24 overall|
Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 1, 2012.
Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (24th overall) of the 2000 National Hockey League Draft. Traded from Toronto to the San Jose Sharks with Alyn McCauley and a first-round pick in 2003 (later traded to Boston - Mark Stuart) in exchange for Owen Nolan on March 5, 2003. Traded from San Jose to the Boston Bruins with Andy Delmore in exchange for Jeff Jillson on March 9, 2004. Traded from Boston to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Dennis Wideman on February 27, 2007. Traded from St. Louis to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2011 draft (Joel Edmundson) on February 27, 2011.
Appeared in 65 games during his first full season with the Buffalo Sabres and seventh NHL campaign, marking the first time since becoming an NHL regular in 2005-06 that he did not play in all of his team’s games...Scored 23 points (8g/15a) with a plus-2 rating, marking his third straight season with a plus rating...Recorded his 200th career assist in the season opener on Oct. 7 vs. Anaheim... Played in his 500th career game on Oct. 22 at Tampa Bay...Had a three-game point streak (2g/3a) from Oct. 25-29...Had his streak of 513 consecutive-games played snapped on Nov. 25 at Columbus due to a lower-body injury, which cost him 13 games (Nov. 25 - Dec. 22)...Also missed two games with an upper-body injury from Feb. 24-25.
2010-11: Split his sixth NHL season between the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo, totaling 55 points (17g/38a) in 83 games...Became the eighth player since the lockout to play 83 games in a season, extending his streak to 492 consecutive games by the end of the season…Scored 41 points (12g/29a) in 62 games with St. Louis before being traded the day before the trade deadline...Finished the season with 14 points (5g/9a) in 21 games with Buffalo…Recorded six points (3g/3a) in his first six games in Buffalo...Scored in his first game with Buffalo on Mar. 1 at NY Rangers…Tied his career high with three assists on Jan. 24 at Colorado and on Apr. 9 at Columbus.
2009-10: Scored 42 points (14g/28a) in 82 games during his fourth season with St. Louis and fifth NHL campaign...Led the team and ranked second in the league in shootout goals (7), also finishing second in the NHL in shootout percentage (58.3) among players with at least 10 attempts…Ranked second on the team in total shots (197), tied for second in game-winning goals (3), was fifth in assists (28) and seventh in points (42)…Recorded eight multi-point games, including a three-assist effort on Dec. 15 vs. Calgary (tied a career high) and a career-high tying four-point game (1g/3a) on Nov. 10 vs. Vancouver…Played in his 400th career NHL game on Mar. 24 at Detroit…Scored on his first-career penalty shot on Apr. 4 at Chicago...Finished the season by playing in his 408th consecutive game, ranking him third on the NHL’s Ironman list and slotting him second in Blues history with 265 consecutive appearances with St. Louis.
2008-09: Established career highs in points (72) and assists (39) during his third season in St. Louis and his fourth NHL campaign...Led the team in goals (33), assists, points, games played (82), power-play goals (16) and game-winning goals (11)...Led all forwards in average ice time with 19:08 per game... Tied for 11th in the NHL with 35 power-play points (16g/19a) and tied for fifth in the NHL with 16 power-play goals…Ranked second in the NHL in game-winning goals...Notched 21 multi-point games, including three three-point games and one four point game…Played in his second consecutive 82-game season and was one of four Blues to play in all 82 games…Tallied his 100th career NHL assist on Nov. 8 at Los Angeles...Recorded his 200th career point on Nov. 30 at Atlanta...Recorded his 100th career goal on Dec. 8 vs. Nashville...Played in his 300th NHL game on Feb. 12 at Nashville... Scored 34 points (12g/22a) in the last 34 games…Collected a career-high four points (2g/2a) on Apr. 4 at Dallas.
2007-08: Tied for fifth in the NHL with a career-high 43 goals during his second season in St. Louis and third NHL campaign…Tied for third in the league with nine game-winning goals…Tied for first on the team with 65 points (43g/22a)… Played in his 200th career NHL game on Dec. 29 at Dallas.
2006-07: Split his second NHL season between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis, totaling 46 points (17g/29a) in 81 games...Began the season with Boston, netting 34 points (13g/21a) before being traded to St. Louis at the trade deadline on Feb. 27... Played in his 100th career game on Nov. 18 vs. Washington...Registered his 100th career point on Feb. 23 at Tampa Bay…With St. Louis, finished second on the team with 17 goals and third on the team with 29 assists…Made his Blues debut on Mar. 1 at NY Islanders…Tied a career high with three assists on Mar. 12 at Clagary.
2005-06: Finished third amongst league rookies in assists (43) and points (69) during his first season with Boston…Earned NHL All-Rookie Team honors...Was one of two Bruins to play in all 82 games…Had 15 multiple-point games, including six three-point efforts and his first NHL hat trick on Mar. 18 vs. Carolina…Scored his first career NHL point (goal) on Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh…Recorded his first NHL assist on Oct. 10 at Tampa Bay...Had an eight-game point streak (5g/8a) from Jan 19 - Feb. 2…Had a seven-game point streak (6g/4a) from Mar. 11-21…Had a six-game point streak (1g/7a) from Feb. 6 - Mar. 2.
2004-05: Spent his third professional season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, finishing second on the team in scoring with 75 points (33g/42a)…Was the only Providence player to play in all 80 games…Led the team with eight playoff goals in 16 games and helped lead Providence to the Eastern Conference Finals.
2003-04: Spent the majority of the season with San Jose’s AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons and recorded 60 points (25g/35a) in 61 games with the club…Made his NHL debut with San Jose on Mar. 7 at Dallas…Was acquired by Boston from San Jose on March 9 and completed the season with Providence…Finished sixth overall in the AHL scoring race with 72 points (31g/41a) and captured AHL Second All-Star Team honors.
2002-03: Split his first professional season between the St. John’s Maple Leafs and Cleveland of the AHL, registering 64 points (30g/34a) in 80 games…Earned AHL All-Rookie Team honors as he finished second among AHL rookies in goals and points.