Some Leaf rumors: Antropov, Kaberle and Kubina targeted

Boston, Montreal, Philly, Chicago, Florida all interested in Leaf assets

With the trade deadline lingering in the horizon, we can expect trade rumors to escalate in the coming weeks.

This is especially true for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As likely sellers, the Leafs offer an assortment of players that opponent GMs will likely find enticing.
These are the most recent Maple Leaf rumors that have trickled in the past few days.

According to the Boston Globe, the Bruins are said to be interested in F Nik Antropov.

Boston is apparently looking for help in the absence of Marco Sturm, and possibly Patrice Bergeron, but it’s unknown what the Bruins will send back Toronto’s way.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Star reported that the Chicago Blackhawks are also looking at Antropov.

Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News reports that Brian Burke will probably try to package either Kaberle or Kubina to land a high pick in this June’s draft.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers both have the hots for Kaberle.

According to LeBrun, another team we need to keep an eye on is the Florida Panthers.

Star D Jay Bouwmeester is set to become an UFA in July, and Kaberle’s contract is very appealing at only $4.25 million a year for two more seasons.

The Panthers might elect to deal Bouwmeester rather than risk losing him for nothing.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Sun and TFP reported that the Leafs have plenty of available cap space and could make a strong push to sign Bouwmeester in July.

129 Responses to Some Leaf rumors: Antropov, Kaberle and Kubina targeted

  1. lafleur10 says:

    have you ever seen filatov play? kubina and antropv for him! no way! he's (filatov's a potential superstar) start with schenn that's what it'll take to get him from columbus! he's their #1 prospect  and their not going to trade him for an underachieveing ufa forward and a defenceman like kaberle! the columbus g.m. will tell burke if you want filatov we are asking for schenn to be part of the package!how about this! voracek, russell, and a 1st (conditional) for antropv and kaberle! that's more realistic and more of a possibilty.

  2. lafleur10 says:

     hey pricer! i think brumagnus got suspended i asked the other day if anybody has heard from him and a couple of the leafs fans said yes they had heard from him and he was suspended for awhile! it's a coincendence as you said though carey price31 he pocked a good time to disappeare as the penguins are starting to disappear from the playoff picture!

  3. the_word says:

    Best post of 09.

  4. Rico420 says:

    You know it really wouldn't surprise me if on deadline day the Panthers sign J-Bo to a long term contract – just like every year when Jokinen was "most definately going" – although I think Bo does want to play in a traditional hockey market during his career – best bet I feel is he lands out west somewhere.

  5. LeafsNation91 says:

    The way this new NHL works, rental-payers will be important for now, and the future. The way the economy is in the States, rental players are, and will be seen for teams to pick up pretty decent players, at not alot of money, for a short time, and never to deal with them for now or the future. Teams could surrender quite alot.

  6. LeafsNation91 says:

    The way this new NHL works, rental-payers will be important for now, and the future. The way the economy is in the States, rental players are, and will be seen for teams to pick up pretty decent players, at not alot of money, for a short time, and never to deal with them for now or the future. Teams could surrender quite alot.

  7. habs79 says:

    The good thing about bringing in Brian Burke as GM, is that it shows that MLSE is finally going to sit down and shut up. I believe alot of the big free agents stayed clear of Toronto because of the supposed interference on MLSE. Now with Burke the Leafs are finally moving in one direction.

    I'm not sure about Toskala, it's not just his defence he as let in alot of soft goals.
    With Antropov's size he could be a dominant power forward.
    Somehow the Stars apperently already released Avery. I don't know how.
    You are right about Kubina, however alot of top teams are already pushing the cap.
    Of course things change in everything, and some things don't I was just pointing out it could be a factor.
    You are right about Bouwmeester, but as you pointed out in the previous point, things change. If he does leave the Leafs have a good chance given their cap space.
  8. lafleur10 says:

    i doubt that will happen! teams are going to give up alot  i think teams learned from the penguins disaster ,when they realized that they gave up 4 players for hossa and he didn't resign with them,and that wekend the penguins alot so teams aren't going to do that unless they get those rentals under contract!

  9. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    wow, Al Coates was fired. He worked with Burke for 4 years in anaheim too. I thought Nieuwendyk would be good as gone, but Al coates gets fired…If he's the guy that recommended Finger, Holweg, Joseph, and Mayers then this is a good move.

  10. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "kubina and antropv for him! no way!"

    Hell must be a nice hockey rink, because I agree. Filativ is certainly not their best prospect, but you just dont trade talent like that.

    Antropov has 13 goals and 35 points, the only habs player with as many goals and points is Lang. He's not underachieving, he's playing well and scoring plenty. He'll fetch a lot at the deadline if the Leafs trade him. Smyth never had 60 points in his career, yet he got edmonton 3 1st  round pickks (2 already drafted). Look at what Tkatchuk has gotten St. Louis! The antropov bashing is either spiteful, or misinformed. Either way, its wrong.

    "Voracek, russell, and a 1st (conditional) for antropv and kaberle!"

    Again, you dont trade talented guys like Voracek. It just doesn't happen in the NHL.

  11. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "teams are going to give up alot  i think teams learned from the penguins disaster"

    you'd think they'd learn, but they never do. Did anybody learn from Ryan Smyth or Peter Forsberg?

  12. LeafsLegacy says:

     Wow, you dont know hockey.

  13. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "Even with a Cup this season, there will be a portion of MOntreal who will still cry that it's not good enough."

    They're spoiled. Yankees in baseball, manu in soccer. fans used to championships become demanding and spoiled.

    "Thankfully, with all the holes Montreal has, a Cup isn't in their future any more than it is in Toronto's."

    Cant agree with you there. While the habs aren't my pick to win, its certainly wouldn't surprise me if they did.

    "can ANYBODY explain that damn song to me?"

    I actually like that. Soccer is boring and racist, but the songs pretty cool. Plus the Bell center has more nosebleed sections than any in the NHL, so that stuff will happen.

    "I'm guessing it's just because with only one word being repeated thoroughout the song, it was just easier than teaching the fans a lyric or two"

    One day the ACC will break out into "cotton eye Joe", and show em up…

  14. cam7777 says:

    you might be right about filatov, but you have to realize that not every team operates the same way.  columbus can quite simply not afford to miss the playoffs anymore.  they must make the playoffs, and they must generate playoff revenue.

    if filatov were in the habs system, and i suggested antropov and kubina for him, then that would be ridiculous.  the habs however, are not a desperate team.  columbus has held onto their prospects for ever.  they've been sellers since they came to the league.  it's time for them to take a risk and let go a little bit.  if it's the leafs who can take advantage of that, then great.

    further, schenn included in a package for filatov?  schenn was drafted higher than filatov, and has proven himself far more useful at this young age.  filatov WILL be great.  just because he scored a hat trick one night does not make him invaluable right now.  he will not be able to help the blue jackets make the playoffs.  he just isn't old enough to be that impact player just yet.  antropov on the other hand, could center nash, or make an extremely formidable 2nd line player.  Kubina gives them a lethal shot on the point, and stanley cup playoff experience.  really, im not asking for their 1st this year, so there's a good chance they could just replace filatov with a similar player this year.  3 goals does not make him untradeable.

    kaberle on his own is arguably worth voracek and russell.

    still, good points.  your leafs hatred was less apparent than usual in that post, so kudos to you. 

  15. LeafsLegacy says:

    I cant wait for Trade Deadline. I want to see alot of bodies moved and some high draft picks come the other way 🙂 yay Maybe get some future prospects.. Hope we get last place cause Tavres would be what toronto needs

  16. nordiques100 says:

    one would think its about the economy but he's getting paid for the balance of his contract. so who knows.

    maybe its too many cooks spoil the broth.

    with burke, fletch, nonis, niewy, there's just too many guys to do so little work?

    burke needs to get an influx of good scouts. you know, ones not afraid to recommend OHL/Ontario born players?

    maybe burke's sending a message? yeah i worked with coates in anaheim but sending him packing is perhaps showing the players no one is safe?

  17. nordiques100 says:

    burke's kind of a hothead. wouldnt surprise me if he picked 1st overall and chose hedman. the media and leaf nation will be screaming at him to choose tavares but knowing burke, he likes to beat his own drum. he has the kind of attitude to do things out of spite.

    people wont admit that now, but i think its in the back of everyone's mind.

  18. bigscoup says:

    Yes i am,but a realistic one.Kovalev is a few points shy of Antropov's numbers right now,but his +9 is a loooong way from Antropov's -11. I guess thats the difference between a team with deep talent and one that has limited talent.Also is doesn't change the fact that you have 1 guy who is worth a 1st rounder.Please tell me 1 other you think is worth a 1st.

  19. mojo19 says:

    Grabovski?? (maybe)

    There's 4, maybe 6. Thanks for coming out. Who was the 1 player of those 6 you were thinking of?

  20. NHLSlayer says:

    Hey now, don't make him look bad, his comments do that for him!

    Don't agree with some of those names, if Grabovski was worth a 1st, Montreal would have gotten one for him six months ago.  Toskala has not helped his cause whatsoever, and will not command a first round pick for him either.

    The other four you could make a strong case for getting first rounders for any and all of them, but none of the 4 are worth anything less than a 2nd at worst.

  21. mojo19 says:

    I agree lafleur10. Filatov is way too valuable. He was considered possibly the 2nd best player in the draft. Right now it looks like he might just be the 2nd best player from that draft although its early (*and its not Stamkos-Filatov, so far I'd have to say Doughty-Filatov-Schenn)

    And Antropov and Kubina would be nice for CBJ, it would definitely not be worth it to them. For those two players you'll get Voracek, and a pick or something assuming Columbus wants the two big men.

  22. mojo19 says:

    hahaha, nords you do have a point. I could see Burke going either way.

  23. NHLSlayer says:

    Umm…Aaron Johnson is a plus 18, why don't you guys rush out and trade Kovalev to Chicago for him straight up then?

    All his plus minus shows is that, at 5 on 5, he can be on the ice for more goals than given up.  Doesn't mean he has to have any talent whatsoever…LMAO

  24. sikboy21 says:

    1) Leafs need all kinds of things – tavares would help a lot.
    2) how are you going to rope that one?
    3) that doesn't even make any sense

  25. nordiques100 says:

    here is one time i positively DO NOT want to be right!!

  26. bigscoup says:

    Kaberle is worth the 1st rounder.Granted Schenn could be another,but the rest are only worth a 2nd(each)

  27. arigold says:

    One thing we must remember is that the market will dictate what players fetch at the deadline.  If there isn't an abundance of players available, those that are will cost teams more.  If a forward who even remotely has similar numbers to Antropov sets precedent by drawing a 1st round pick, then the Leafs will probably get a 1st for him as well.  If that doesn't happen, look for them to possibly receive less.

  28. bigscoup says:

    We were talking about Antropov's points vs Kovalev's.My point was/is that both are close in points but 5 on 5 there is almost a 20 point gap.Maybe i shouldn't have used the word skill or talent.But the habs do not need Kovalev to score(as t.o needs antropov to).Our teams skill/talent is greater and that leaves other players to pick up his slack.AS for Aaron Johnson he is a D-man and in 26 games he is a +18(I do not no much about him, but his points and +/- look to be very good)

  29. mojo19 says:

    "if Grabovski was worth a 1st, Montreal would have gotten one for him six months ago".

    No. He wasn't worth it 6 month's ago. He was worth a 2nd and a prospect, coming off a year where he posted 8 points in 24 games. His production has gone up significantly enough this year to no doubt increase his value. He's been given the chance to be a legit 2nd line centre and get that kind of ice time throughout the season and he's thrived with it. He's one of the bright spots on a team with very few.

    Besides I put him down as a maybe. Kaberle, Schenn, Antropov, and Kubina are slam dunks.

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