• He was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (second overall) in the 1992 entry draft.
• As a rookie, he scored the game-winning goal in the 1994 All-Star Game.
• In 1998-99, he was the runner up for both the Hart Trophy (MVP) and Maurice Richard Trophy (most goals).
• At the 2001 draft, he was traded by Ottawa to the New York Islanders for the second overall pick (Jason Spezza), Zdeno Chara and Bill Muckalt.
• In 12 NHL seasons, he has led his team in goals (eight times) and points (nine times).
• He sat out the entire 1999-2000 season in a contract dispute with the Senators.
• He played for Russia at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics.