|NUMBER:||79||BIRTHDATE:||December 20, 1978 (AGE 35)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 0"||BIRTHPLACE:||Voskresensk, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||201||DRAFTED:||MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||6th (162nd overall)|
Played his 700th career game in the NHL on Nov. 5 vs. STL… Played 27:39 and totaled 5 shots and 6 blocked shots on Nov. 7 at OTT… Led the team in Nov. in assists (11), points (12, tied with P.K. Subban) and ice time per game (25:41)… Ranked tied for 2nd among NHL defensemen in Nov. in assists (11) and tied for 3rd in points (12)… Obtained 2 assists and 5 blocked shots on Dec. 31 at CAR… Recorded 2 goals (including the game winner) and a +2 differential on Jan. 11 vs. CHI… Led the team in Jan. in average time on ice per game (24:27)… Suited up for Russia at the Olympic Games in Sochi… Led the team in Feb. with 5 assists… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on Nov. 1 at MIN, on Nov. 27 at BUF and on March 1 vs. TOR… Had a 5-game assist streak (Feb. 6 to March 1), posting a 0-7-7 record…
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.