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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Another NHLer bolting east, or another NHL career coming to a close?
Unrestricted free agent Nikolai Antropov, who scored six goals and added 12 assists in 40 games played for the Winnipeg Jets last season, is bound for the KHL.
Antropov signed a two-year deal with Astana Barys, a KHL club based in his native Kazakhstan, the team announced Thursday.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Every hockey team has them. Call them the grunts.
They are the fourth-liners who toil away from the limelight, content to do their part while others get the glory.
Not getting scored against is their top priority, getting down and dirty their M.O.
It’s hockey’s equivalent of down-on-your-knees, mud-under-the-fingernails labour, and if you don’t like it, there are plenty of others waiting in the wings to do it.
No, the pay isn’t great. But dammit, you’re in the NHL.
At least, that’s how it is for most of them.
Then there’s the Jets’ Nik Antropov: the $4-million foot soldier.
On pace for one of the worst seasons, offensively, of his career (he has 10 goals, 30 points), Antropov has become an interesting, and dare we say productive, role player.
NEW YORK (January 20, 2012) – Winnipeg Jets forward Nik Antropov has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Buffalo Sabres defenseman T.J. Brennan in NHL Game No. 691 in Winnipeg on Thursday, Jan. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 9:28 of the third period. A minor penalty for roughing was assessed on the play.
Military personnel, multiple Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft in the background, security checkpoints out the wazoo and members of the federal government on hand in the crowd – it had all the makings of an election campaign appearance or an announcement of new fighter jets for the military.
Instead, we got our hockey team’s jerseys. From the back of that massive Hercules strolled Nik Antropov, Andrew Ladd, Mark Stuart and Eric Fehr, looking like an awkward boy band as they emerged through the smoke and blue light to some heavy guitar riffage.
A quick look at what’s happening (and what’s happened) with all five Southeast Division clubs as we head into the weekend:
We’ll go top to bottom:
1st place, 6-2-1 (13 points)
By and large, folks have been impressed with the Bolts thus far. As I wrote on Wednesday night, all six of their wins have differed significantly from one another and, though it is extremely early, that is a distinctive mark of a good team.
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The Nik Antropov experiment in New York is over, as the veteran forward has signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Atlanta Thrashers.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sather meanwhile categorized the contract demands from impending unrestricted free agent Nik Antropov, whom the Blueshirts acquired from Toronto at the deadline for a second-round pick, as “ridiculous.”
“Based on the first volley from [agent] Mark Gandler, there is a slim chance [of Antropov returning],” the general manager said following the fifth round of the Entry Draft. “There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that’s going to happen. It’s ridiculous. I hate to criticize an agent, but let’s have a little bit of reality here.”
Antropov, who scored seven goals in 18 regular-season games for the Blueshirts but was barely a factor in the first-round defeat by Washington, earned $2.05 million last year. He’s believed seeking a long-term deal for at least $5 million per. Good luck to him.
more on the Rangers…
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov wants to stress that he is not slagging the Maple Leafs.
At the same time, the veteran forward admits noticing a difference between his former team and the New York Rangers, the squad he was shipped to at the trade deadline two weeks ago.
“The whole team is really close here,” Antropov said in a phone interview. “That’s something we never really had in Toronto the past few years.
“One of the reasons is all the new faces we had with the Leafs in the last two or three years. And then there were different coaches, different systems. That all plays a part in it.
“It’s not a shot at Toronto. I loved my time there. But I did notice the difference when I got here.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Avery got into the Flyers’ heads early in confronting Jeff Carter-What; touch Philadelphia’s 38-goal-scorer???-and the Flyers not only never got over it, they responded in their historical nature by trying to take off their opponents’ heads, witness the Braydon Coburn match penalty of a high stick across Nik Antropov’s face late in the second.
“We got emotional and used it the wrong way,” said Flyers’ head coach John Stevens. “I think [Avery’s] probation period is over and now he’s back to his old antics and we got sucked in, to be quite honest.
more and watch the Coburn hit on Antropov below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If it’s impossible to know what the Rangers truly have surrendered for 18 regular-season games of Antropov, it’s nearly as difficult to know what Leafs GM Brian Burke sent Glen Sather’s way at Wednesday’s deadline, because Antropov has long been one of the NHL’s biggest mysteries, aside from his 6-foot-6 frame.
Tomorrow afternoon should provide a clue about what the Rangers have when Antropov goes against Boston’s 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara at the Garden in one of those nationally televised games that have been habitual debacles for Broadway’s team.
TSN reporting Nik Antropov traded to the Rangers. Details coming…
added 2:50pm, TSN reporting a 2nd and a conditional pick.
Brian Burke on a TSN interview is stating definitively that both Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov will be moved today.
We’ll add updates here later.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov could go from a nobody to No. 1 centre in less than a year.
The 6-foot-6 Kazakh is aware of the Maple Leafs’ proposed training camp experiment, and though he’s not practising ceremonial faceoffs while Mats Sundin is still in the mix, Antropov won’t turn down the chance to be the first line’s engine.
“It would take a while to get used to playing there again,” Antropov said yesterday. “I heard from my friends last week that (general manager Cliff Fletcher and coach Ron Wilson) were talking about me at centre. We’ll see. A lot can happen in camp with the forward lines.”
from the Toronto Sun,
With defenceman Tomas Kaberle insisting he is not going anywhere, echoing the same sentiments as the other four members of the Maple Leafs “no-trade clause” fraternity, Antropov might very well be the most legitimate candidate to be moved by the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
In the prime of his career at age 28, Antropov’s value never has been higher. He’s managed to stickhandle his way around the injury bug for a change while reaching a career-high 21 goals, attractive traits for teams in the market for a hulking power forward.
from the Toronto Star,
Just as he had no choice but to accept his suspension, he would also have no choice but to accept his fate if he were traded. Antropov may be among the most vulnerable of Leaf stalwarts.
Teams looking to load up for a run at the playoffs will consider he earns a reasonable $1.95 million (U.S.) a year, he’s signed for next season, he’s having a career year, and, perhaps most importantly, he doesn’t have a no-trade clause. He says he wants to stay.
“Of course,” says Antropov. “But it’s not up to me. Ask Cliff Fletcher.”
more and other Leafs mentioned too…
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
It’s a classic example of how enamored NHL clubs can be of teenage players one moment, and how anxious they can be to dump the same players soon after.
And how there’s absolutely no guarantee that young players pressed into NHL service before their 20th birthdays are so talented that they’ll turn into stars like Sidney Crosby, or so hastily promoted that they’ll end up enormous busts like Alexandre Daigle.
The truth is, it usually takes years for either scenario to play out.
Both Vincent Lecavalier and Nik Antropov, you may recall, were drafted into the NHL the same year (1998), one a Quebec-born Canadian and the other a prodigy from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
from the Toronto Star,
“I always thought Nik Antropov was a great hockey player from the first year I saw him,” Sundin said, referring to the fact Antropov has gained votes, among the media at least, as the Leafs’ best player so far.
“I saw that he was big and strong, that he had a reach and a great shot. I thought he had all the tools to be a great player.”
Antropov is now within four goals of eclipsing his previous career high of 18. He is also on pace for 40 goals, 42 assists and 82 points – all of which would smash his previous bests.