2007-08: Marked his first season playing for an American-based NHL club after 12 seasons with Ottawa and Montreal… Bested his points total (29) for the previous two seasons… Paced the club in overtime assists (2), and tied for the club lead in extra-session points (2)… Was third on the club in both power-play goals (6) and face-off winning percentage (457-422, 52%)… Was 2-for-2 in shootout attempts, the first two of his career… Appeared in his 900th career NHL contest on March 30 at Detroit. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of Nashville’s postseason contests… Scored the game-tying goal at 19:16 of the third period in Game Two of the team’s WCQ series with Detroit to force overtime.
CAREER NOTES: Led Montreal forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (2:57) and tied for second on the club with two shorthanded goals in 2006-07… Made his ninth consecutive post-season appearance in 2005-06 with Montreal… Scored the game-winner in Game One (April 22, 2006) of Montreal’s ECQ series vs. Carolina in 2006… Netted his 400th NHL point (assist) on Oct. 5, 2005 at Boston… 2003-04: Posted a career-high nine-game point-scoring streak (4g-8a) from Oct. 9-Nov. 1, 2003… Registered 22 goals in 2002-03, his fourth straight campaign with more than 20 goals, including a career-high 11 power-play goals… Recorded playoff career-highs in games played (18), goals (6), assists (5) and points (11) with Ottawa in 2003… Registered his 200th NHL assist on Jan. 8, 2003 at Vancouver… Appeared in a career-high 82 games in 2001-02 and posted career-highs in goals (25), assists (45) and points (70)… Ranked second on the 2001-02 Senators in scoring… Scored his 100th NHL goal on Dec. 5, 2001 at Dallas…Posted a career-high +27 rating in 2000-01… Appeared in the NHL All-Star Game in 2001 and 2000… Led Ottawa in scoring (23g-37a-60pts) in 1999-00… Scored a career-high six game-winning goals in 1998-99… Missed 23 games with a broken wrist in 1996-97... Finished third on the Senators in goals (16) in 1995-96…Played for the Czech Republic in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1996 World Championships (gold medal)… Opened the 1994-95 season with Las Vegas (IHL) before making his NHL debut with Ottawa on Jan. 22, 1995 at the NY Islanders… Awarded the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL Rookie of the Year following the 1993-94 season with Las Vegas, becoming the youngest player (17) to win the award.
AMATEUR: Represented the Czech Republic at the 1993 World Junior Championships… Played for Zlin’s junior team (Czech Republic) in 1991-92.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Bonkie”… Favorites include Sperry’s (local restaurant), cyclingnews.com (website), Madison Square Garden (NHL arena to visit)… His dream golf foursome would include Lance Armstrong, Jari Kurri and his father… Wife – Jill; Son – Oliver; Daughter – Kennedy.
TRANSACTIONS: July 2, 2007 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… June 26, 2004 – Acquired by Montreal with Cristobal Huet from Los Angeles for Mathieu Garon and San Jose’s third-round choice (previously acquired; Los Angeles selected Paul Baier) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft… June 26, 2004 – Acquired by Los Angeles from Ottawa for a third-round choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Shawn Weller)… June 28, 1994 – Ottawa’s first choice, third overall (first round), in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.