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Report: Several KHL teams pursuing Antropov

Aug 8, 2013, 9:58 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.
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Forward Nikolai Antropov had three goals and 16 points in 26 KHL games during the lockout and it looks like he’ll probably head back there, according to Slava Malamud and Sport-Express. He reportedly has several KHL teams to choose from.

Antropov is coming off a four-year, $16.25 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets. When he originally signed with the then Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2009, Antropov was a potential top-line center that could play alongside Ilya Kovalchuk.

Although Kovalchuk ended up being dealt to the New Jersey Devils before the conclusion of Antropov’s first season in Atlanta, the now 33-year-old forward still scored 24 goals and a career-high 67 points in 2009-10. Unfortunately for Antropov, he slipped in the Thrashers/Jets’ depth charts as the years went on and ended up with just 18 points in 40 contests last season.

Antropov was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998 and has 465 career points in 788 NHL games.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Yet another Jet who’d leave you scratching your head. Dude can strong arm and dangle (one-handed I might add) like few others when he wants to, but the rest of the time he’ll just cruise up the ice and leave you fairly underwhelmed. I’ll always remember that first goal for the Jets 2.0 though. Good times.

  2. jhmiddleton81 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Only thing noteworthy he did was score the first ever goal for the new Jets, probably going to get overpaid, no team would have signed him in the NHL anyway, thanks for taking our trash KHL!

  3. DED - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Somebody on here commented the other day that Antropov was next to head to the KHL. Looks like he was right.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Probably among the easiest predictions ever made. A lot of B-list aging player go back to play at home.

      It has to be an attractive option for these types of players. Guys like Antropov are 3rd liners in the NHL, but could be 1st/2nd liners in the KHL depending what team they go to.

      • dueman - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        And get paid well.

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Not a big loss. He’ll get more money and icetime in Russia anyways. He’s a 3rd liner at best in the NHL now. He is however the answer to the trivia question…

    “Who scored the first ever goal for the new Winnipeg Jets?”

    He did it against the Habs too. ATTABOY!

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    As much as I love my Winnipeg Jets, chances are that your not going to find a job in the NHL when you’ve been regulated to the 3rd or 4th Centre on the Jets last year when they were absolutely desperate for any Centremen to step up. Good luck Antro

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