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Jets’ Antropov fails physical, questionable for opener

Jan 14, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Nik Antropov #80 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 5, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-4.
(April 4, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets got some bad news Sunday when Nik Antropov was unable to pass his physical due to an upper-body injury, according to the Winnipeg Sun.

Antropov played in 26 games with the KHL’s Astana Barys during the lockout and Jets coach Cluade Noel described his status as “day-to-day.”

“He’ll be assessed during the week, whether he’s able to play on Saturday will be determined,” Noel added. “We’re hopeful he that he will.”

Antropov had 15 goals and 35 points in 69 games last season.

Winnipeg is also missing defenseman Zach Bogosian, who had wrist surgery during the off-season. Bogosian had a surgical screw removed in December, but his return doesn’t appear to be imminent.

Bogosian averaged 23:18 minutes per contest and had 30 points in 65 games in 2011-12.

Both players were also a big part of the Jets’ penalty killing efforts and chipped in on the power play.

  1. Steve - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I wonder if ‘ upper-body injury’ is code for.. Came into camp ‘fat’

    • zetaone - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      If that’s the case then they’d put Byfuglien on long term IR.

      • Steve - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        haha touche!

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