- On Alexander Ovechkin: "I really like Ovechkin. He plays like you have to play hockey. He has speed, he shoots, he hits… I think that he is the best player in the world."
- On Team Russia at the World Championships: "I am always impressed when a team plays strongly and with passion. This might be the influence of Ovechkin."
- On Sergei Fedorov (sort of): "He is good. Fedorov, Larionov—I like them. But Ovechkin stands alone. He is following in Bure’s footsteps—the best Russian."