Missed majority of 2008-09 due to ankle injury vs. Minnesota, October 25, 2008. Traded to Ottawa by Columbus with Columbus' 2nd round choice (Robin Lehner) in 2009 Entry Draft for Antoine Vermette, March 4, 2009. Officially announced his retirement, November 12, 2012.
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday