Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal for Sylvain Blouin and NY Rangers' 6th round choice (later traded to Phoenix Phoenix selected Erik Lewerstrom) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 30, 1998. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers for Kevin Hatcher, September 30, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 2, 2000.
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