Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, June 9, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 17, 2003. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 6, 2004. Traded to Phoenix by New Jersey with Pascal Rheaume and Steven Spencer for Brad Ference, November 25, 2005. Loaned to Springfield (AHL) by Phoenix (San Antonio-AHL) for cash, January 9, 2006.
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 Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday