Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers with Brian Noonan for Esa Tikkanen and Russ Courtnall, March 8, 1997. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 10, 1997. Traded to New Jersey by NY Islanders for New Jersey's 4th round choice (later traded to Los Angeles Los Angeles selected Daniel Johansson) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 22, 1999.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals