|DRAFTED:||LAK: 1997-3 overall|
|Finnish Rookie of the Year Award (1997) WJC-A All-Star Team (1998) Named Best Forward at WJC-A (1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003) Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles with Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (Taylor Pyatt) in 1999 Entry Draft for Ziggy Palffy, Bryan Smolinski, Marcel Cousineau and New Jersey's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Daniel Johansson) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 20, 1999. Traded to Florida by NY Islanders with Roberto Luongo for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, June 24, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Kloten (Swiss), September 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), November, 2004. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), January 30, 2005.Traded to Phoenix by Florida for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and Ottawa's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Jared Staal) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 20, 2008. Traded to Calgary by Phoenix with Phoenix's 3rd round choice (later traded to Florida Florida selected Josh Birkholz) in 2009 Entry Draft for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and Calgary's 1st round choice (Brandon Gormley) in 2010 Entry Draft, March 4, 2009. Traded to NY Rangers by Calgary with Brandon Prust for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik, February 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 2, 2012.|
2008-09: Recorded a goal and an assist in his Coyotes debut on Oct.11 vs. Columbus. ... Recorded a goal and an assist on Nov.8 vs. Florida. ... Scored two goals and added an assist on Nov. 9 vs. San Jose. ... Returned from the IR and scored two goals on Dec. 10 at Dallas ... Notched his sixth career hat trick on Feb.21 at Los Angeles. ... Traded to the Flames on March 4. ... Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in his Flames debut on Mar. 5 at Philadelphia. ... Had his second two-goal game since joining the Flames, and scored the winning goal in the shootout on March 12 at Detroit. ... Recorded a five-point night (three goals, two assists) on March 14 at Toronto ... Named as the NHL's Second Star of the Week (six goals, two assists) for the week ending March 15. .... Had the most productive start for a Flames player registering 8 goals and 2 assists for 10 points in 6 games. ... Had his first multi-assist game with a pair on March 20 vs. St. Louis. ... 2009 Playoffs: Played in his first career NHL playoff game on April 16 at Chicago. ... Registered his first playoff point (assist) on April 18 at Chicago. ... scored his first two playoff goals, added an assist for a three-point night and was a team-high plus-4 on April 22 vs. Chicago. ... Led all Flames in playoff scoring, registering five points (two goals, three assists) in six games. 2007-08:Appeared in all 82 games for Florida, recording 34-37-71 and 67 PIM. ... Led the Panthers in goals (34), assists (37), and points (71). ... Ranked third in the NHL in power-play goals (18) and shots (341). ... Was the team’s leading scorer for the fifth straight season. ... Served as Florida’s team captain for fourth consecutive season. ... Became the Panthers franchise’s all-time leader in goals (188), assists (231), points (419) and consecutive games played (376). ... Recorded 16 multi-point games…Notched three GWGs in a four-game span from March 16-22. ... Played in his 700th career NHL game vs. Rangers on March 14. ... Collected two assists on March 8 vs. AtlantaL to become Florida’s all-time leader in assists. ... Recorded two assists and 10 SOG vs. Pittsburgh on March 6. ... Scored his 30th goal of the season, a GWG in overtime on Feb. 23 at Philadelphia. ... Had a six-game point streak (5-4-9) from Feb. 1-Feb. 9…Collected a goal and an assist, the 200th goal and 400th point of his Panthers career, at Toronto, Feb. 5…Registered a seven-game point streak (4-4-8) from Dec. 15-27. ... Notched two goals and an assist vs. Ottawa on Dec. 5…Scored two goals, including the GWG, at Washington on Nov. 19. ... Compiled a five-game point streak (5-5-10) from Oct. 27-Nov. 3. ... Scored two goals to become Florida’s all-time points and goals leader on Oct. 24 vs. Philadelphia. ... Recorded a goal and two assists vs. Tampa Bay on Oct. 13. 2006-07: Completed his ninth NHL season, sixth with Florida and served as team Captain for the third consecutive year. ... Was one of six Panthers to play in all 82 games (Allen, Bouwmeester, Gelinas, Horton, Salei). ... Led the team in GWG (8), and posted NHL career-highs to lead the team in goals (39), assists (52) and points (91)…Was one of only three NHL players to record three hat-tricks during the season. ... Scored a goal and an assist April 6 vs. Tampa Bay...Scored the GWG and an assist March 27 at Tampa Bay. ...Netted the GWG March 20 at Philadelphia. ... Scored a career-high six points (2-4-6) including the GWG and had a career-best rating of plus-6 March 17 vs. NY Islanders…Netted a goal for the fourth consecutive game March 3 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Scored a goal and an assist, including the GWG in OT March 1 vs. Dallas. ... Recorded his third hat trick of the season Feb. 27 at Washington. ... Scored a goal and an assist (the 200th of his career) Feb. 24 vs. Boston. ... Extended scoring streak to seven with a goal and an assist Jan. 16 vs. Carolina. ... Netted two goals Jan. 11 at Carolina. ... Posted three goals, including the GWG, for his third career hat trick and second this season Jan. 10 vs. Pittsburgh. ... Posted a goal (150th career goal) and an assist Dec. 23 vs. Carolina...Scored a goal and two assists Dec. 16 at Boston. ... Scored a goal and an assist, including the GWG Dec. 5 at Pittsburgh. ... Posted two assists Nov. 24 vs. Ottawa. ... Had a three-point game (1-2-3) Nov. 22 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Posted his second career hat-trick including the GWG Nov. 16 vs. Montreal. ... Scored the GWG to break the Panthers record for most GWG in a Panther career (P. Bure - 23) Oct. 20 vs. Philadelphia. ... Recorded two assists to give him eight points in five games Oct. 13 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Tied a career best with four points (2-2-4) Oct. 11 vs. Carolina. ... Scored a goal and an assist Oct. 6 vs. Boston to surpass 300 career points in his Panthers career. 2005-06: Completed his eighth NHL season, fifth with Florida, serving as the team captain for the second consecutive year. ... Led the team and posted career-highs in goals scored (38), assists (51), points (89), PPG (14) and GWG (9). ... Led the NHL with four OT goals, and was third in the NHL with nine GWG. ... His 89 points rank as the third-best single season point total in franchise history becoming only the fourth Cats player (Pavel Bure, Ray Whitney and Scott Mellanby) in history to record at least 30 goals in a season. ... His four OT goals tied an NHL record for OT goals in a season since the five-minute OT period was adopted. ... Tied a career-high with three assists Feb. 3 vs. Atlanta… Recorded his first career hat trick Nov. 25 vs. Pittsburgh. ... Skated in his 500th NHL game Nov. 19 vs. NY Islanders…One of just three Panthers (Bouwmeester, Gelinas) to play in all 82 games. 2003-04: Completed his seventh NHL season, fourth with Florida, posting 26 goals, a career-high 32 assists and 58 points with 81 PIM in 82 games. ... Ranks seventh in franchise history in points (168), sixth in goals (77), 10th in assists (91), T-eighth in PPG (24), T-fourth in GWG (14), fifth in SHG (6), 11th in GP (321)...Served as the team captain - his first NHL captaincy. ... Led all Finnish-born NHL players in scoring. ... Led club in goals (26), assists (32), points (58), PPG (8), SHG (2) and GWG (8). ... Was second among all NHL forwards in avg. ice time (22:34). ... One of two Panthers (Lyle Odelein) to appear in all 82 games. ... Had four two-goal games (Nov. 26 vs. Rangers, Jan. 17 vs. Tampa Bay, Feb. 4 at Phoenix and March 11 at Montreal). ... Finished the season on a four-game points streak (3-5-8), tying his season long (3-2-5 from Nov. 21-26). ... Tied his career-high with three assists April 4 vs. Carolina, his three points in the game tied his season high. ... Recorded his 200th career NHL point with an assist March 20 vs. Buffalo...Scored the GWG in OT March 13 vs. Rangers, making it back-to-back games with the OT GWG...Scored two goals, including the GWG in OT March 11 at Montreal. ... Posted his 100th career NHL assist Feb. 21 at Washington...Played in his 300th game as a Panther on Feb. 20 at Pittsburgh. ... Scored two goals, including the GWG in OT and added an assist Feb. 4 at Phoenix...Skated in his 400th career NHL game Oct. 18 at NY Islanders. 2002-03: Completed his sixth NHL season, third with Florida, going 36-29-65 with 79 PIM in 81 games. ... Set career-highs in PPG (13), SHG (3) and shots (240)...Led Florida in goals, points, PPG, SHG, GWG and shots. ... His 36 goals tied for 12th in the NHL. ... Netted GWG and added two assists March 16 at Pittsburgh. ... Registered a career-high nine-game point streak (7-8-15) Feb. 6-24 and a career-high five-game assist streak (6a) Feb. 14-22. ... Tied career-high four-game goal streak (5) Feb. 6-14. ... Tied career-high with four points (2-2-4) vs. Tampa Bay Feb. 8. ... Scored a goal and added three assists for the Eastern Conference in 2003 NHL All-Star Game in South Florida Feb. 2. ... Scored two goals vs. Boston Jan. 15. ... Missed one game Dec. 23 vs. Nashville (flu). ... Scored twice, including GWG Dec. 4 vs. Carolina. ... Notched two assists Nov. 20 vs. NY Islanders. ... Tallied two SHG in a game, tying Florida franchise record vs. Atlanta Nov. 19...Posted a goal and two assists vs. Pittsburgh Nov. 6. ... Netted two goals, including GWG, and added an assist at Toronto Oct. 23...Recorded career-high four points (2-2-4) at Atlanta Oct. 12, including the GTG and his first GWG as a Panther…Went 1-2-3 in seven games for host Finland at the 2003 World Championships, winning 62% of his faceoffs. 2001-02: Went 9-20-29 with 98 PIM in 80 games with Florida...Set new career-highs in assists (20) and points(29) and tied career-high in PPG (3). ... Scored points in five straight games (2-5-7) April 3-10. ... Played his 300th career NHL game March 17 at Ottawa. ... Scored two goals Jan. 9 vs. Dallas. ... Notched two assists Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and Jan. 4 at Anaheim. 2000-01: Went 6-10-16 with career-high 106 PIM in 78 games with Florida. ... Finished among the team leaders in PIM (third, 106), shots (T-fifth, 121) and hits (eighth, 98). ... Played in 200th career NHL game Jan. 20 at Philadelphia. ... Posted first multiple-assist game as a Panther with two Jan. 12 vs. Carolina. ... Established new career-high for PIM in one game with 15 Nov. 25 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Scored his first and second goals as a Panther Oct. 30 at New Jersey, setting personal high for goals in a game. ... Notched first point as a Panther (assist) Oct. 20 at Colorado. 1999-00: Played all 82 games for the Islanders, going 11-10-21. ... Led Islanders in SHG (2). ... Finished seventh on the team in goals, fifth in PIM (80) and tied for second in GWG (3). ... Finished third in team faceoff wins (379). ... Scored OT GWG March 10 at Dallas in a 4-3 Islanders win. ... Scored on his first career penalty shot against Dominik Hasek vs. Buffalo March 4. ... Posted four-game goal streak (4-2-6) Feb. 28-March 5. ... Played in his 100th NHL game Dec. 11 at Ottawa. 1998-99: Named NHL Rookie of the Month for November, posting eight points (4-4-8, +4) in 11 games. ... Notched a career-high three assists April 12 at Nashville. ... Recorded first NHL point Nov. 5 with an assist vs. St. Louis. ...Scored first NHL goal and recorded first multiple-point game (1-1-2) Nov. 10 at Calgary...Started the season in Springfield (AHL) and was named the AHL Player of the Week ending Oct. 25 after recording six points in two games. 1997-98: Made his NHL debut Oct. 1 at Pittsburgh. ... Assigned to HIFK in the Finnish Elite League Nov. 6 for the remainder of the season.
2004-05: Appeared in 14 contests with HIFK-Helsinki (Finland), going 9-8-17 with 10 PIM. ... Skated in eight games with Kloten (Swiss), going 6-1-7 with 14 PIM. ... Appeared in 23 games with Sodertalje (Sweden), going 13-9-22 with 52 PIM. ... Skated in seven contests with Team Finland in the World Championship Tournament, registering five points (1-4-5) and two PIM. ... Tied for most assists (4) and points (5) for Team Finland and posted a PPG...Helped Team Finland reach the finals in the 2004 World Cup Tournament, posting three points (2-1-3) and six PIM in six games. ... 1996-97: Was the youngest player on his team, HIFK, during his rookie season in the Finnish Elite League.
Recorded 1-4-5 in eight games and won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2008 IIHF World Championships. ... Represented Finland in the 2006 IIHF World Championships, earning a Silver Medal. ... Represented Team Finland in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, earning a Silver Medal. ... Skated in seven contests with Team Finland in the 2005 IIHF World Championships, registering 1-4-5. Tied for most assists (4) and points (5) for Finland and posted a PPG. ... Helped Finland reach the finals in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, posting 2-1-3 in six games. ...Posted 1-2-3 in seven games for host Finland at the 2003 IIHF World Championships ... Went 1-1-2 in nine games with Finland at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden. ... Went 2-1-3 and was plus-4 in four games with Finland at 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. ... Went 1-3-4 with six PIM in nine games for Bronze Medal-winning Finland at 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. ... Played in 1998 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland and tied for tournament scoring title (Jeff Farkas -- USA) going 4-6-10 in seven games for Gold Medal-winning Finland. ... Represented Finland in the 1997 World Championships, tying for second on the team in scoring with 4-2-6 in eight games. ... Played for Gold Medal-winning Finland at the 1997 World Junior Championships, tied as the top scorer (4-6-10 in seven games) and was named the First-Team All-Star Center. ... Also played for Finland in the 1996 World Junior Championships, scoring five goals.
His childhood idol was Esa Tikkanen. ... His favorite movies are “Wedding Crashers” and “March of the Penguins".
CAREER NHL TRANSACTIONS
June 21, 1997 -- Selected by Los Angeles Kings with team's first choice (No. 3 overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft at Pittsburgh. June 20, 1999 -- Acquired by the Islanders from Los Angeles with Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and the Kings' 1999 first round pick (Taylor Pyatt) in exchange for Zigmund Palffy, Bryan Smolinski and Marcel Cousineau. .June 24, 2000 -- Acquired by Florida from Islanders with Roberto Luongo in exchange for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha. June 20, 2008 -- Acquired by Phoenix from Florida in exchange for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and 2008 second-round draft pick (later traded back to Phoenix). March 4, 2009 -- Acquired by Calgary from Phoenix with 2009 third-round draft pick (later traded) in exchange for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and 2010 first-round pick. Feb. 2, 2010 -- Acquired by Rangers from Calgary with Brandon Prust in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
LONGEST POINT STREAK: 10 from Dec. 13, 2005, to Jan. 1, 2006
LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 5 (two times), last -- Feb. 2, 2008, to Feb. 10, 2008
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 8 from Dec. 17, 2005, to Jan. 1, 2006
MOST GOALS, GAME: 3 (six times), last -- March 14, 2009 (Calgary at Toronto)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 4 on March 17, 2007 (Florida vs. Islanders)
MOST POINTS, GAME: 6 on March 17, 2007 (Florida vs. Islanders)
MOST PIM, GAME: 21 on Nov. 11, 2003 (Florida vs. Tampa Bay)
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 13 on Jan. 27, 2006 (Florida vs. New Jersey)
FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 1, 1997 (Los Angeles at Pittsburgh)
FIRST NHL GOAL: Nov. 5, 1998 (Los Angeles vs. St. Louis)
FIRST NHL ASSIST: Nov. 10, 1998 (Los Angeles at Calgary)