Had points in two straight with PPA Oct. 22 at CBJ & 1st point with NJ with 1a Oct. 19 vs. NYR; was first point in NHL since Feb. 16, 2011 vs. Phi. (g)...DND Oct. 17 at Ott; had played in three straight...Made Devils' debut Oct. 8 at Van; was 1st NHL appearance since Nov. 13, 2011 vs. Edm...DND in three straight Oct. 4-7...Bought out by Chi. on June 27, 2013; signed free-agent contract with NJ just 8 days later…2012-13: Spent 8th season in N. America with Rochester (AHL); knee injury limited playing time to 14 games…Assigned to IceHogs by Chi. Mar. 14; made season debut Mar. 22 at Abb…Totaled 7g-12a-19pts overall; helped club to 3rd-place finish in AHL’s Midwest Div…Opened campaign with 5-game point-scoring streak through Mar. 30 (2g-4a-6pts)…Notched 5 multiple-point games, including 2g-1a-3pts Apr. 6 at Peo. & Apr. 5 at Mil.; was named AHL Player of the Week…Also had 3a Apr. 19 at SA.
Missed majority of 2008-09 due to groin injury and resulting sports hernia surgery. Traded to Chicago by Florida for Brian Campbell, June 25, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to knee surgery, January 19, 2013. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 5, 2013.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis