"I'm 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, and I know what my game is," Ponikarovsky said. "I have to use my size and basically go hard to the net _ take the puck there, protect the puck in the corners and finish my checks, all the basic stuff that a guy my size has to do, along with scoring some goals and helping my team win."
"I hope it's going to be a long-term relationship after one year," Ponikarovsky said. "This was the first time I ever experienced the free agency process, and so it was both exciting and tough. I'm happy it's over, and that I know the team I'm going to be playing for next season. It's a young team playing great hockey. I've followed the team, how they play and where they are at, so I know it's going to be an exciting year."