Antrpov done in Toronto?

It was reported in today’s Toronto Sun that JFJ is actively trying to shop forward Nik Antropov to rid the team of his $1,000,000 salary so they can put that money towards the signing of forward Anson Carter.

It is going to be tough for any team to take a chance on Big Nik because it seems like the only people in the world who see any kind of potential in him are the Leafs Brass….and we all know how quick they are to admit they made a mistake, like drafting Antropov in the first place.

I agree with the reporter of this article, that if this were the case, why wouldn’t they have just signed Carter to begin with and not signed Antropov to his million. Also, Paul Maurice has been quoted a number of times saying that Antropov is a number one line winger. I like Maurice and I respect everything he has done, but who is he trying to convince by saying something like that? The Leaf fans or the GM’s of other teams? Either way, the only problem is Leaf fans and other GM’s have watched Antropov float around the ice and spend a lot of time on the injury list over the last five years.

If Ferguson is able to move him, even without signing Carter and giving someone like John Pohl or Jeremy Williams a shot at staying with the club, it may easily be his best move as the Leafs’ GM. That million may even come in handy at the trade deadline.

We will see where this goes over the next couple of weeks.

32 Responses to Antrpov done in Toronto?

  1. Francis10 says:

    Carter with Sundin is way better then having Pohl on the roster at all, because Pohl will not be on the 1st line, which means someone else will. Carter improves this team.

  2. Hoondog2 says:

    Wake up people, Carter is not first line material.

    I still think getting rid of Antropov before giving Maurice a shot with him will be a HUGE mistake, just my opinion.

  3. Wisey says:

    I’ve said this many times, and I’ll say it again: I like Antropov, but Carter is a better player. Carter is three times the player Antropov is, and he is not going to cost us three times as much as Antro. We could end up getting Carter for as little as 1.5 mill. Now that there is a steal.

  4. lukeleim says:

    i totally agree

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Antropov is awesome. Stfu, he’s never leaving.

  6. -TML- says:

    Leafy mc LEAFS ur soo ideal… like antropov isn’t useful…. you suck!!!

  7. Francis10 says:

    What has Antropov done again?

  8. TMLfan2005 says:

    I don’t know about you leafymcleaf, but I would want Carter WAY more then Antropov!

  9. Mattqwerty says:

    id like to see the leafs get carter but i would also like to see them keep antripov regardless off all the bad talk about antripov if you look at his stats hes actualy not that bad at all maybe not a first line guy but 2nd 3rd line,plus i think if he can stay health for a full season its not out of the question for him to hit 60-70pts

  10. Aetherial says:

    Carter 32,

    .644 ppg career, -8 career.

    Antropov 26

    .487 ppg career, +49 career.

    Carter has better ppg but Antropov is actually a pretty sound defensive forward. Let’s not forget he put up those +/- numbers on some HORRIBLE defensive teams. Injury nod goes to Carter and Age nod goes to Antropov.

    The point is, for the extra money Carter would cost, it is not worth it. If the Leafs don’t like Antropov’s injury history, then fine, dump him. But keep the cap money for something a little better than Carter.

    Anson Carter, is NOT a 1st line winger. Therefore, why bother going down this road. I don’t see the team getting better. In fact, Antropov’s best offensive days were on Sundin’s wing where he actually played well. I would keep him and give him a shot there.

  11. wht_trsh says:

    Antropov has had 3 knee surgeries. If you can’t figure it out that means he’s had 2 surgeries on 1 knee. Do it JFJ, get what you can for Antropov and sign Carter.

  12. bozzoal685 says:

    hopefully this is true … but do we really need carter he’s just getting over his prime(actually he didnt have one)…we need someone just sliding into there best years and i think dumont would be an awesome fit even if we have to pay 2 or 2.5 million make the space he’s the speedy winger that we want.

  13. Toonces99 says:

    Well written…l agree 100%

  14. wingedim says:

    Okay, everyone is pretty much saying dump Antropov. While I am as frustrated with his lack of ice time due to the ever present injury bug taking a huge bite out of him ever year, however, seeing the stats that Aetherial posted, Antropov is the better deal.

    I agree that he needs a shot with Maurice at the helm. Quinn didn’t use him where he showed the most promise consistantly. Maurice I think will and impress upon Nik the value of being a team player and playing where he seemingly excels.

    Unfortunately, if Nik does get traded, I think we are looking at yet another Steve Sullivan or Freddy Modin situation. Stunk it up in TO, but with the change of scenery became the star they were drafted thinking they’d be.

  15. leafsmarlies says:

    Antropov has only played one season where he played in 70+ games. Hes only getting older and with time comes wear and tear on the body. There is no chance of Antropov to have a healthy season where he can play in every game. It best for the organization to trade him now before he has another injury prone season.

    The leafs have better propects in the system then Antropov, hes had his time, its time to move on people.

  16. Aetherial says:

    … not an unreasonable opinion.

    But I don’t think Carter replacing him really does much for the team overall except cost more money.

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I’d rather see Wellwood and Aubin go. And I’d rather get Roberts then Carter.

  18. Dark_Prince says:

    Anson Carter is a decent player, but he needs chemistry to succeed. Remember when he was traded to NewYork/LA/Washington all in the same year and only totaled around 15 goals. I dont see Carter having the same chemistry with Sundin like he had with the Sedins. Antropov on the other hand, is rather confusing sometimes. A few years ago, it seemed like he would be a dominant scoring winger, but after alot of injurys, can he still live up to that? Maybe under Maurices new system, he can live up to that potential. So inconclusion i believe that JFJ should sign a player like Eric Daze to 3/4 of a million. They did that to Allison and Lindros last year and it wasn’t too bad. And if Daze was to flop, and Antropov is still under-achieving, maybe seek a trade if the Leafs are still in the play off hunt.

  19. Mattqwerty says:

    i would rather the leafs keep antripov for his 1 mil and take a chance and sign daze for 750,000 totaling 1.75 mil which is probably less or the same cater would sign for i think daze and antripov can contribute more then carter even if they are injury prone. Or they say screw carter and trade antripov and tellqvist for low picks waive belak and make a big push for dumont or something surprising

  20. TMLfan2005 says:

    Ok wellwood??? No wellwood is awesome he’s way better then antropov. He is not going anywhere!And Aubin lifted their team to one win behind a playoff spot, if it wasn’t for him we would’ve been in probably 12th place. What is wrong with you?

    You would actually pay $2.25 million for Roberts? He has slowed down completely. He had an ok season last year but he sure isnt worth more then $2 million. I am happy with losing Antropov for Carter!

  21. Hockey_Guru13 says:

    LeafyMcLeaf how can you even say some assinine crap like that?

    “Antropov is awesome”

    I can’t believe you think you know crap about hockey. And you actually write crap for people to read. You are clearly a moron.

    Antropov is already washed up. He’s had time to reach his potential and show why he was picked 10th overall but instead he was a dud. Clear the cap room and pick up a draft pick for him.


  22. Peca94 says:

    Umm I pretty much discarded your whole comment when I saw you didn’t even know how to spell Antropov’s name. Thanks for comin’ out.

  23. Mattqwerty says:

    the fact you took the time to make a reply about a spelling mistake when you still knew who i was talking about just proves your an idiot if your not going to discuss the topic on hand then just STFU thanks for comming out

  24. lukeleim says:

    id be a terrible general manager dont get me wrong.. but i just thought id share what id do if i had the power.

    Nik Antropov & Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Penguins’ second-round pick of 2007.

    sign David Tanabe (Quick on his feet – capable of 20+ points)

    Mikael Tellqvist & Andy Wozniewski to the Anaheim Ducks for Vitaly Vishnevski (Vishnevski: not as phsically dominant as Hal Gill, but a lot quicker and nastier)(Ducks will need a backup goaltender if they end up trading one of their two capable starters)

    Sign Anson Carter (trading Antropov clears up enough cap space for the Leafs to aquire Carter)

    Carlo Colaiacovo to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano(A quicker more skilled version of Kyle Wellwood)

    Alexander Steen – Mats Sundin – Anson Carter

    Darcy Tucker – Kyle Wellwood – Jeff O’Neill

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Michael Peca – Matt Stajan

    Chad Kilger – John Pohl – Aleksander Suglobov


    Nikolai Kulemin – Jeremy Williams – Bates Battaglia

    Robbie Earl – Andrew Cogliano – Ben Ondrus

    Jiri Tlusty – Erik Westrum

    Tomas Kaberle – Bryan McCabe

    Pavel Kubina – Ian White

    Vitaly Vishnevski – David Tanabe


    Staffan Kronwall – Jay Harrison

    Phil Oreskovic – Wade Belak

    Brendan Bell

    Andrew Raycroft

    Jean-Sebastien Aubin


    J.F Racine

    Justin Pogge

    Todd Ford

  25. Angelic_Diablo says:

    I’d rather see Wellwood and Aubin go. And I’d rather get Roberts then Carter

    …LMFAO ok is this a joke? ud give up a future star(wellwood) just to make room for cap? and the only reason we did as good as we did was aubin and ud rather want an old fart that barley played thanks to injuried instead of anson carter…ur not a leaf fan…hell ur not even a hockey fan and if u are, your not a really smart one

  26. Angelic_Diablo says:

    lets see how antropov does under maurice before we want to get rid of him

  27. leafmeister says:

    with those lines id trust u as a general manager

  28. leafspunk says:

    Is this actually going to happen? Or is it just another Rumor started to keep Rabid antropov haters (like me) Happy?

  29. RealisticNick says:

    It appears Antropov is Montreals version of Ribeiro. Both drafted in 1998 and have shown flashes of great potential. So many fans love to hate these players and the other half thinks they need another chance. From what I saw of Antropov I liked him with Sundin and Poni, it was a big line that teams had touble with down low and in front of the net. May be good to give that another shot.

  30. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    carter is an overpriced 2nd liner, antropov is a two way plyer with offencive upside. the difference in salary is 2 million.

  31. Ulysse says:

    ur LEAF fan didnt hear the news!!???

    after several months of research scientist discovered that u got more chance to be hit by a lightning, then the leaf win the cup!!!

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