2008-09: Set a franchise record and tied a career high in goals (33)… Became the first player in franchise history to post 20 goals in three consecutive seasons… Hit the 20-goal mark for the 10th consecutive season, and for the 12th time in his 15-season career… Recorded more than 50 points for the 11th time in his 15 NHL seasons… Also led the team in game-winning goals (5) and shooting percentage (16.8%)… Ranked second on the club in points (57), power-play goals (9) and shots (196)… Ranked second among forwards in average ice time (18:54), and first among forwards in power-play ice time (4:20)… Scored 19 of his 33 goals in the second period (57.6%)… Ranked third in league in goals per game after the All-Star break with 18 markers in 25 games (.72)… Posted three four-game goal-scoring streaks, matching a career high… Led the team with 14 multiple-point games and multi-goal games (6), moving into second in franchise history in multi-goal efforts (14)… Posted 33 points (18g-15a) in his final 29 games of the season (missing 14 due to injury), including eight points (6g-2a) in the final four games of the season… Notched his 800th career NHL point (goal) on Jan. 28 vs. Vancouver, becoming the 133rd NHLer hit the mark… Became the 232nd player in league history to play in 1,000 career games on Dec. 20 vs. N.Y. Islanders… Notched his first career shootout goal/shootout-deciding marker on April 9 at Detroit… Missed 17 games due to injury.
2007-08: Tied career highs in assists (44) and shots (248) and led the club in both categories…Also tied for the team lead in points (72), was second in goals (28) and first in plus/minus rating (+19)… Set a career high with a team-leading 13 power-play goals, tying him for 15th in the NHL… Led all forwards in time on ice per game (18:59)… Went more than two games without a point only five times all season… Registered 17 multi-point games including a one three-point and one four-point outing… Registered an assist at the 2008 All-Star Game, his second all-star game… Had points (3g-8a) in 10 consecutive games played (missed one due to injury) from Jan. 15 – Feb. 7… Notched his first hat trick/four-point game as a Predator on Dec. 22 vs. Los Angeles… NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Dec. 24 after posting eight points (4g-4a) in four games… Set a single-game franchise record for shots on goal (12) at Toronto on Dec. 4… Named the fourth captain in team history on Sept. 12, 2007. PLAYOFFS: Scored the game-winning goal in Game Three of the club’s WCQ series vs. Detroit just nine seconds after Ryan Suter tied the contest. It marked the first time in NHL history that a team has gone from trailing a playoff game to leading it in less than 10 seconds… Appeared in his 100th career playoff game in Game Four of the series… Missed two games due to injury.
2006-07: Tied for the team lead in goals (27) and led the team with 12 power-play goals… Ranked second on Nashville with six game-winning goals, matching a career-high… Scored his 300th NHL goal as part of a three-point (2g-1a) outing on March 8 vs. Calgary… Scored his 100th career power-play goal on Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo… Missed 14 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all five post-season games for Nashville, and scored goals in back-to-back games (April 18 & 20 vs. San Jose).
CAREER NOTES: Posted career-highs in games played (81), assists (44) and points (32g-44a-76pts) with Dallas in 2005-06 and ranked second on the Stars in points, goals and game-winners (5)… Recorded his sixth career hat trick on Nov. 16, 2005 at Anaheim. Scored an even-strength, power-play and shorthanded goal… Led Dallas in assists (36) and plus-minus rating (+23) in 2003-04 and ranked second on the team in points (21g-36a-57pts) and game-winners (5)… Tied for first on the 2002-03 Stars with a career-high six game-winning goals… Opened the 2001-02 season with New Jersey before being part of a trade-deadline deal with Dallas on March 19, 2002… Combined with New Jersey linemates Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora to notch 96 goals and 136 assists for 232 points and a +104 rating in 2000-01… Appeared in his second NHL Stanley Cup Finals with the New Jersey Devils in 2001 after winning the Cup in 2000… Tied playoff career-highs with 23 games played and eight goals in the 2001 post-season… Also led the Devils and tied for first in the NHL with five playoff power-play goals… Following the 1999-00 season, heposted playoff career-highs in games played (23), goals (8), assists (12), points (20) and penalty minutes (18)… Tied for third in the NHL in postseason points in 2000, and tied for fourth in goals and assists… Scored the Cup-clinching goal at 8:20 of the second overtime period in Game Six of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Dallas… Played in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game… Led Edmonton with a career-high 33 goals in 1993-94 and established a franchise rookie record for goals in a season (breaking Jari Kurri’s mark of 32 goals in 1980-81)… Also finished second on the 1993-94 Oilers with 68 points (33g-35a)…Named to the 1994 NHL All-Rookie Team and finished second in voting for the 1994 Calder Trophy (given to the league’s best rookie)… Named NHL Rookie of the Year in 1994 by The Hockey News, The Sporting News and Beckett Publications… Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Milan, Italy.
AMATEUR: Played two OHL seasons (1991-93) with Oshawa, posting 50 goals and 72 assists (50g-72a-122pts) in 113 games… Selected to play in the 1993 CHL All-Star Game.
BACKGROUND: Enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and boating… Favorites include: The Shawshank Redemption (movie), CSI (TV show), Rob Thomas (band/musician), Cherlize Theron (actress), lobster (food) and Hawaii (vacation spot)… Lists Bruce Willis as the person he would most like to meet… Scoring the game-winning/series-clinching goal in double overtime of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals is his favorite hockey memory… Enjoys Nashville because of its beauty, friendly people, unique culture and country music… Wife – Dina; Son – Chase; Daughter – Alexa… Has a dog named Rocky.
TRANSACTIONS: July 2, 2006 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… March 19, 2002 – Acquired by Dallas with Randy McKay and a first-round choice in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (traded to Buffalo; Buffalo selected Daniel Paille) from New Jersey for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner… Jan. 4, 1998 – Acquired by New Jersey with Bryan Muir from Edmonton for Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin… June 26, 1993 – Edmonton’s first choice, seventh overall (first round), in the 1993 Entry Draft.
CAREER HAT TRICKS
· Feb. 28, 2009 vs. Detroit
· Dec. 22, 2007 vs. Los Angeles
· Nov. 16, 2005 at Anaheim
· Feb. 20, 2004 vs. Colorado
· Dec. 4, 2002 vs. Montreal
· Feb. 10, 2002 vs. Buffalo
· March 23, 1996 at Montreal
· March 25, 1995 vs. Calgary