POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHPLACE: Kiev, UKR
|USHL First All-Star Team (1999) Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 3, 1999. Traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia with Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Dallas Dallas selected Tobias Stephan) in 2002 Entry Draft and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to San Jose San Jose selected Dan Spang) in 2002 Entry Draft for Tampa Bay's 1st round choice (Joni Pitkanen) in 2002 Entry Draft, June 21, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 4, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 3, 2008. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 4, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 5, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), September 16, 2012. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Iowa (AHL), January 20, 2015. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2015.|
2010-11: The Rangers posted a record of 9-0-1 when he tallied a goal and were 17-2-3 when he registered a point. ... Ranked fourth on the team with a plus-nine rating and fifth with 150 hits. ... Skated in his 700th NHL game on Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay. ... Tallied his first point as a Ranger with an assist in the home opener on Oct. 15 vs. Toronto, and notched his first goal as a Ranger on Oct. 21 at Toronto. ... Made his return to the lineup in a 6-0 win at Washington on Feb. 25, after missing 14 games following an appendectomy on Feb. 2 and a separated shoulder sustained on Jan. 19 vs. Toronto. ... Tallied his first multi-point effort as a Ranger with two assists on Oct. 27 vs. Atlanta. ... Registered a plus-2 rating while making his Rangers debut in the season opener on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. ... Tied for the team lead in assists (two), third in points (two) and ranked second in hits (23) while skating in five playoff contests. 2009-10: Recorded 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points, along with 50 penalty minutes in 80 games with Pittsburgh. It was the seventh consecutive season, and eighth overall, the nine-year NHL veteran reached the 30-point plateau. ... Registered seven multi-point performances, including a three-assist effort on Jan. 21 vs. Washington. The three assists tied his career-high for most assists and points in a single game. ... Tallied his 300th career point with an assist on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, and skated in his 600th NHL game on Oct. 7 vs. Phoenix. 2008-09: Recorded his seventh 30-plus point season with 39 points for Pittsburgh, tying his second-highest career total. ... Scored 16 goals and set a new career-high with 23 assists and a plus-18 rating. His plus-18 rating placed second on team. ... Scored his first goal for Pittsburgh Oct. 23 vs. Carolina. ... Scored the game-winning overtime goal on Nov. 11 at Detroit in regular-season rematch of 2008 Stanley Cup Final. ... Tallied 250th career point on Dec. 8 vs. Buffalo and also tied a career high with two goals in the game. ... Tied a career-high with a five-game scoring streak (Dec. 8 to Dec. 18), posting seven points (three goals, four assists). ... Missed 15 games after breaking his hand in a fight with Colby Armstrong on Jan. 6 vs. Atlanta. ... Posted 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 24 playoff games to finish fourth on the team in scoring en route to winning his second Stanley Cup championship. ... Scored big goals in Games 3 and 4 against Carolina Hurricanes in sweep of Eastern Conference Finals. ... Scored a goal in three consecutive postseason games -- all wins for Pittsburgh -- to help Penguins turn a 0-2 series deficit to Washington into a 3-2 series lead in the conference semifinals. ... Tied for first on team in postseason with a plus-9 rating and was fourth on team with 59 hits. 2007-08: Led Islanders in power-play goals (8) in his first season with team. ... Also tied for third in goals (16) and was fourth in hits (104). ... Tied career high with three points (one goal, two assists) in Islanders debut on Oct. 5 vs. Buffalo. ... Played his 500th NHL game on Dec. 29 vs. New Jersey. ... Named NHL Second Star of the Week for games ending Feb. 17. Had four goals, five points in three games, including two game-winning goals. 2006-07: Tied a career-high by playing in 80 games for Tampa Bay. ...Scored his 100th NHL goal on Nov. 4 vs. Boston. ... Played in his 400th NHL game on Nov. 6 at Islanders. ... Recorded his 200th NHL point on Feb. 13 vs.
Pheonix. ... Recorded a four power-play assists. ... Recorded a four-game point streak from Oct. 19-28 (three goals, two assists). ... Played in five playoff games with Tampa Bay against New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. ... 2005-06: Recorded career-highs in goals in a season with 26, in points with 41 and in shots with 164. ... Played in a career-high 80 games. ... Finished seventh on Tampa Bay in scoring and second in goals scored. ... Tied a single-game career-high with three points for the fifth time with a goal and two assists on Feb. 4 vs. Washington. ... Played in all five Tampa Bay playoff games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Ottawa. ... 2003-04: Finished seventh on Tampa Bay in points with 39 and second on the team in shooting percentage with 14.7 percent. ... Recorded a single-game career-high with three assists on Jan. 29 vs. Pittsburgh and Feb. 12 vs. Montreal. ... His Recorded 100th career point on Jan. 3 vs. Philadelphia. ... Helped lead Tampa Bay to Stanley Cup Championship by scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory in Game 7 vs. Calgary to win the Stanley Cup. ... Played 22 of 23 games en route to setting postseason career highs for goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, power play goals, game-winning goals, shots, shooting percentage, and time on ice. ... Tied the Tampa Bay team record for most goals in a playoff year with 12. ... Set a new Tmpa Bay franchise record for goals in a playoff series with six and for power play goals in a series with four in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Philadelphia. 2002-03: Led Tampa Bay in game-winning goals with six. ... Finished season ranked tied for 15th in NHL in game-winning goals and tied for 21st in shooting percentage with a mark of 16.8 percent. ... Appeared in all 11 playoff games for Tampa Bay. 2001-02: Appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Dec. 6 vs. Islanders. ... Finished tied for sixth on Philadelphia in goals scored with 17. ... Appeared in five postseason games for Philadelphia. ... Scored game's only goal at 7:47 mark of overtime on April 17 vs. Ottawa in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. 2000-01: Tied for fifth among NHL rookies in points with 36 and was sixth among NHL rookies in goals with 16. ... Tied for eighth among NHL rookies in assists with 20. ... Ranked fourth among NHL rookies in shooting percentage at 13.4 percent. ... Made his NHL debut on Oct. 24 vs. the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, recording one assist. ... Scored first career NHL goal, a game-winning goal, on Nov. 4 vs. Buffalo. ... Made NHL Playoff debut on April 11 vs. Buffalo in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. ... Recorded first career playoff point with an assist on April 19 vs. Buffalo in Game 5 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
1999-00: Split season between Philadelphia (AHL) and Trenton (ECHL) during first professional season. ... Set Philadelphia Phantoms records for assists with 34 and points with 50 in a season by a rookie. ... Named Philadelphia's co-Rookie of the Year. ... Ranked fourth on Philadelphia in plus/minus of +24.
TIER II JUNIOR CAREER
1998-99: Led Sioux City and finished second in USHL in goals scored with 43 and points with 77. ... Led the USHL in game-winning goals with nine and short-handed goals with six. ... Posted a 13-game goal-scoring streak from Oct. 31 to Dec. 5 and scored 21 goals during the streak.
2006: Played for his native Ukraine in 2006 Olympics, scoring one goal in one game vs. Switzerland. 2002: Played in one game for Ukraine at the Olympics, scoring a goal in the preliminary round.
Lists the St. Pete Times Forum as his favorite road arena and Chicago as his favorite road city. ... Enjoys vacationing in Lake Como, Italy. ... Enjoys the band U2 and the movie Gladiator. ... First job was at a carwash. ... Avid car racing fan. ... Lists golf as his favorite sport other than hockey. ... Resides in Wisconsin during the offseason. ... Married -- wife, Debbie; sons, Kyle, Derek and Larkin.
Aug. 3, 1999 -- Signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent. June 21, 2002 -- Traded by Philadelphia with return of Tampa Bay's 2002 second-round draft pick and Phoenix's 2002 second-round pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for 2002 first-round pick (Joni Pitkanen). July 4, 2007 -- Signed with N.Y. Islanders as an unrestricted free agent. July 3, 2008 -- Signed with Pittsburgh as an unrestricted free agent. Oct. 4, 2010 -- Signed with N.Y. Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.
LONGEST POINT STREAK: 5, (twice) (last -- Dec. 8, 2008, to Dec. 18, 2008) (three goals and four assists)
LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 3, (five times), last - Feb. 12, 2008, to Feb. 16, 2008) (four goals)
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 4 games from Dec. 8, 2008, to Dec. 18, 2008 (four assists)
MOST GOALS, GAME: 2, (nine times) (last -- Feb. 21, 2009) (Pittsburgh at Philadelphia) (Biron)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 3, (three times) (last -- Jan. 21, 2010) (Washington at Pittsburgh)
MOST POINTS, GAME: 3, (10 times) (last -- Jan. 21, 2010) (Washington at Pittsburgh)
MOST PIM, GAME: 15 on Dec. 27, 2000 (Philadelphia at Florida)
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 7, (twice) (last -- Dec. 5, 2010, vs. Ottawa)
FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 24, 2000 (Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers)
FIRST NHL GOAL: Nov. 4, 2000 (Buffalo at Philadelphia) (Hasek)
FIRST NHL ASSIST: Oct. 26, 2000 (Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Rangers)
CAREER IN SHOOTOUT