Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2007. DRAFTED: STL - 7th round, 177th overall, 1997 NHL Entry Draft. LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Halifax, QMJHL…Led the league and ranked second in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) with 71 goals in 1998-99…Ranked fifth in the CHL in points (126) in 1998-99…named to the CHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1998-99.
Drafted: STL / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (177th overall)
2006-07: Played with both Dallas and Phoenix, and recorded a career high 43 assists, 55 points (12-43=55) and 54 penalty minutes while matching a career high with 80 regular season games played…Had 41 points (8-33=41) and 48 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with Phoenix…Recorded 14 points (4-10=14) and six penalty minutes in 25 regular season games with Dallas…Scored his 100th career NHL goal vs. San Jose on December 30, 2006…Appeared in seven postseason games with Dallas and collected two points (1-1=2), two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.
2005-06: Played in 51 regular season games with Phoenix, collecting 56 points (15-41=56) and 74 PIM…Missed the final 29 games of the season due to a knee injury…Ranked first on the Coyotes in assists (41), third in points (56), second in plus/minus (plus-8), tied for second in game-winning goals (4), second in power play assists (22), and tied for second in power play points (29) for the season…Finished the season one point shy of his career high (57, set in 2002-03)…Had 16 multiple-point games and 10 multiple-assist games…Played in his 300th career NHL game at Dallas on December 23, 2005…Posted a career high five points (3-2=5) vs. Carolina on December 3, 2005…When his season ended due to injury, ranked fifth in the NHL in assists (41) and led the Coyotes in assists (41), points (56), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus rating (plus-8).
2004-05: Appeared in 18 regular season games for HC Kosice (Slovakia) and collected 16 points (9-7=16) and 40 penalty minutes...Played in 19 regular season games for Mora IK (Sweden) and registered eight points (4-4=8) and 22 penalty minutes.
2003-04: Ranked tied for 13th in the NHL in power play goals with 11…Despite only playing in 55 regular season games, he led the Coyotes in power play goals (11), game-winning goals (6) and plus/minus (plus-11)…Finished second on the club in goals (24) and points (52)…Recorded 13 multiple-point games.
2002-03: Set career highs in assists (35), points (57), game-winning goals (6), plus/minus (plus-17), penalty minutes (92) and games played (80)…Led the team and ranked tied for 15th in the NHL in game-winning goals…Finished second on the team in goals and plus/minus, and third in assists, and points…Finished the season with 15 multiple-point games and four multiple-goal games…Played in his 200th career NHL game vs. Anaheim on March 15, 2003…Recorded his 100th career NHL point at Minnesota on February 14, 2003.
2001-02: Ranked third on the team in goals (23) and tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (5)…Registered 12 multiple-point games…Played in his 100th career NHL game at Columbus on January 26, 2002…Appeared in five postseason games and recorded zero points and 21 penalty minutes…Played in his first postseason game as a Coyote at San Jose on April 17, 2002.
2000-01: Split the season between
1999-00: First pro season…Split the year between St. Louis and Worcester…After not registering a point in his NHL debut, he recorded points in his next four consecutive games…Scored his first career NHL goal vs. Chicago on November 27, 1999…Collected his first career NHL assist at Detroit on November 24, 1999…Made his NHL debut vs. Nashville on November 22, 1999…Played in six postseason games with St. Louis and collected two points (1-1=2).
LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Halifax, QMJHL…Led the league and ranked second in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) with 71 goals in 1998-99…Ranked fifth in the CHL in points (126) in 1998-99…named to the CHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1998-99.
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INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Named to Team Slovakia for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games but did not play due to injury…Skated for his native Slovakia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (4 GP, 1-0=1)…Played for Slovakia at the World Championships in 2003 (9 GP, 4-4=8, bronze medal), 2002 (6 GP, 1-3=4, gold medal) and 2001 (7 GP, 2-1=3)…Represented Slovakia at the World Junior Championships in 1999 (6 GP, 4-3=7, bronze medal).
PERSONAL: Lives in Slovakia during the summer…nicknames are Ladi and Nags…favorite movie is Borat…favorite actress is Halle Berry…favorite actor is Al Pacino…favorite band is Metallica…favorite video game is Texas Hold‘em…favorite NHL cities other than LA are Colorado and Montreal…favorite book is War and Peace…favorite sports to play other than hockey are soccer and golf…favorite sport to watch other than hockey is soccer…favorite hockey moment is his first NHL goal…favorite professional athlete is Lance Armstrong…favorite road arena is the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota…favorite website is NHL.com…favorite vacation spots are Chorvatsko and Aspen…favorite TV shows are 24 and the Sopranos…favorite restaurant is Morton’s…favorite food is sushi…favorite brands of cars are BMW and Mercedes…favorite holiday is Christmas…childhood idol was his mother…is superstitious about eating the same food before every meal…biggest pet peeve is dishonest people…wants to be a children’s hockey coach when his playing career is over.