Skated in 46 games with the Buffalo Sabres, registering one goal and seven assists, along with 32 penalty minutes…Established a career-high with three assists on January 18 which also tied his personal best for points in a single game…Tied for fifth on the Sabres with 52 blocked shots…finished ninth on the Sabres with 17:20 in average icetime...finished the season with a minus-seven rating…Recorded his only goal of the season on a power-play on Feb. 1 @ Atlanta…Tied for fifth out of Buffalo defensemen in points…Tied for fourth out of Buffalo defensemen in assists…Tied for fourth out of Buffalo defensemen in shots…Missed games from Oct. 26 – Dec. 15 and March 10 – April 5 with knee and shoulder injuries…Played in his 450th NHL game on Feb. 6, 2008 vs. New Jersey…Tallied points in back to back games from Feb. 1 at Atlanta to Feb. 5 at Boston collecting one goal and one assist.
Has appeared in 466 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, registering 34 goals and 111 assists for 145 points, along with 289 penalty minutes. 1999-00: Skated in four games with Buffalo... Made his NHL debut on Jan. 4 vs. Atlanta. 2000-01: Appeared in 79 games with the Sabres, recording four goals and 18 assists for 22 points, along with 38 penalty minutes ... Ranked 12th among all NHL rookies in assists (18) and tied for 19th in points (22) ... Tallied his first NHL goal, on the power play, and added an assist on Nov. 3 vs. Montreal ... Collected his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 5 vs. Chicago ... Tallied his first career even-strength goal on Feb. 11 vs. Montreal ... Ranked second among all rookies in plus/minus
rating during the post-season with a plus-five rating ... Assisted on the game-winning goal while skating in his first career playoff contest on Apr. 11 vs. Philadelphia ... Named the Fred T. Hunt Award winner, as the Sabres’ outstanding rookie. 2001-02: Appeared in 58 games with the Sabres, registering two goals and 11 assists for 13 points, along with 26 penalty minutes ... Collected two assists on Mar. 10 vs. Detroit ... Recorded his third multiple-point effort of the season on Jan. 17 at Los Angeles ... Missed 18 games with a broken thumb. 2002-03: Skated in 65 games with the Sabres, tallying eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, along with 57 penalty minutes ... Led all Buffalo defensemen in goals with eight ... Notched a short-handed goal, the first of his career, on Apr. 5 at Boston ... Missed seven games with a shoulder injury and one game with the flu before returning to the lineup on Mar. 29 at Carolina ... Registered a career-high, four-game points streak from Feb. 23 at Tampa Bay to Feb. 28 vs. Dallas, collecting four points (one goal and three assists) over the span ...Recorded a power play goal on Feb. 26 at Washington ... Notched a
power play goal on Feb. 7 vs. Vancouver; Also collected a career-high, 17 penalty minutes ... Tallied a goal in consecutive games from Dec. 6 at NY Rangers to Dec. 7 vs. Washington ... Registered a power-play
goal to tie the game on Nov. 1 at Edmonton. 2003-04: Appeared in 77 games with the Sabres, tallying 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points, along with 42 penalty minutes ... Established career-highs in goals
(10), assists (24) and points (34) ... Recorded six multiple-point games ... Also notched four power play goals ... Led all Buffalo defensemen in goals (10) for the second straight season ... Named an Assistant
Captain for the month of February ... Registered a career-high three points (two goals and one assist), including his first career multiplegoal game, on Mar. 29 vs. Columbus. 2005-06: Skated in 55 games
with the Sabres, collecting two goals and 16 assists for 18 points, along with 54 penalty minutes ... Missed 23 games due to injury ...Also tallied two assists in eight playoff contests ... Suffered a broken foot in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Ottawa. 2006-07: Played in 82 games with Buffalo, notching seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points, along with 36 penalty minutes ... Established career-highs in games played (82) and plus/minus rating (plus-19)... Registered two, three-game points streaks ... Recorded four multiple-point games ... Also appeared in 16 post-season games with the Sabres, recording two goals and three assists for five points ... Established a career-high with five playoff points ... Finished second on the team with a plus-nine rating ... Tallied his first career post-season goal on Apr. 14 vs. the Islanders.
1996-97: Skated in two games with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the Russian Super League (RSL). 1997-98: Appeared in 26 games with Chelyabinsk (RSL), tallying two assists and 24 penalty minutes. 2004-05: Skated in 48 contests with Magnitogorsk Metallurg (RSL), registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 14 penalty minutes ... Also appeared in two playoff contests with Metallurg, collecting two penalty minutes.
2001-02: Represented Russia at the 2002 IIHF World Championships. 2002-03: Skated with Team Russia at the 2003 IIHF World Championships. 2003-04: Selected to represent Russia at the 2004 IIHF World Championships for the third straight season ... Also represented Russia in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. 2004-05: Skated in the 2005 IIHF World Championships with Team Russia for the fourth consecutive year. 2007-08: Captured the Gold Medal with Team Russia at the 2008 IIHF World Championships.
Started playing hockey at age 6…Would be a soccer player if he wasn’t playing hockey…Single.