Hockey East First All-Star Team (2006) NCAA East First All-American Team (2006)
Traded to NY Rangers by Calgary with Jamie McLennan and Blair Betts for Chris Simon and NY Rangers' 7th round choice (Matt Schneider) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 6, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 6, 2009. Traded to Columbus by NY Islanders for Dylan Reese, March 1, 2010. Traded to Columbus by Philadelphia with Michael Chaput for Tom Sestito, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Augsburg (Germany), July 18, 2011.
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 FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday