|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)|
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… Led the team in March in time on ice per game (25:12) and blocked shots (36)… Led the team in April in ice time per game (26:11)… Blocked 9 shots on April 20 vs. TBL… Set two career personal-highs in the playoffs in assists and points (0-3-3) on May 27 vs. NYR…
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.