Claimed by Pittsburgh from NY Rangers in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1998. Claimed by Atlanta from Pittsburgh in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to hand injury vs. NY Rangers, October 17, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Florida, September, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from Florida, November 1, 2000. Traded to Toronto by Tampa Bay for Konstantin Kalmikov, February 20, 2001.
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