Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/03/05 at 08:27 AM ET
If it's not enough that the Maple Leafs must compete for players in a new economic world, now they must also compete with the world. Toronto forward Nik Antropov said yesterday he has received two serious offers from Russian club teams that would double or triple the $1 million (all figures U.S.) qualifying offer he has received from the Leafs. The 25-year-old said the money is so good in Russia now that he expects some players to spurn the relatively frugal offers from the salary-capped NHL to go home. He's just hoping, he's not one of them. "I have to think about it with my agent (Don Meehan) very hard. I've been thinking about it for the last month and a half. We haven't make a decision yet," said the Kazakh. "I hope to stay here in Toronto and play for the Maple Leafs." While staying in Toronto and playing "in the best league in the world" is clearly Antropov's preference, he's also raising two young children while plying a career that can be cut short at any time. Other considerations, such as higher, tax-free income, come into play.
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