It was just that type of game where he didn't have that many odd-man rushes. It's just the way the game went. We've seen him play a few games so far, and we look forward to a great season from him.
It just took a while. I think now we're playing as a team, moving the puck pretty well and passing the puck pretty well, which we didn't do in the first 10 games. It's an important road trip and we're off to a good start.
It's going to be tough. For us to get in the playoffs, we have to win 10 or 12 games in a row and get back in it. That's the only way we can do it.
He made some good plays out there and got the puck to the net.
I think so. Not only (because of) his talent, but the way he thinks about the game. He's dedicated to the game of hockey. A lot of guys have had talent in the past, but to put the mind that he has with his talent is special.
Obviously he was a great player, but also a great person and very intelligent and knowledgeable about the game of hockey and I could see him as a president as a general manager of president somewhere down the road.
I hope all parties continue talking and come to a solution for the betterment of the game.
But a year off probably hurt some of these guys who didn't stay in shape. It's always tough to come back after a year off.
First of all he speaks the language which is a lot easier. I didn't speak English until I came to Pittsburgh and it took me awhile to start to feel comfortable with the language. That's a big advantage that he has,
He showed a lot of leadership.
When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down.
Well, I think just a desire to come back and be a part of the game again.
The first few games that we played against some of the teams, the young guys, you know, want a stick sign or photo sign, and I think that they respect what I have achieved throughout my career.
One thing I hate is people screaming at me. If you want me to do something, talk to me.
Once I'm at the arena with the guys in the dressing room, and in the bus, and on the plane, I'm a player. And I sit in the back with the players and I play cards and try to take their money.
Of course, my family has been a big reason for me to come back, especially my son who loves the game of hockey - he was a big reason for me coming back.
I'm not surprised we're seeing a lot of empty buildings in the cities we're going into. The way the game's played now, it's a pretty boring game.
I think the game has opened up, and that's why I decided to come back and try to be a part of it.
I didn't speak English until I came to Pittsburgh.
I didn't like the way the game was being played.
I can no longer play at a level I was accustomed to in the past.
Everybody I talked to - from my friends to my family and some of the players - really gave me a lot of support from the start. And that certainly made me feel good about trying to come back and be one of the best again.
All I can say to the young players is, enjoy every moment of it. Just enjoy every moment of it. Your career goes by very quickly.
A month before the season I stop putting ketchup on my french fries.
Depending on how we start the season, I can play center or wing... It doesn't matter to me.