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TSN:

"Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke wasn't pulling any punches in his assessment of forward Nik Antropov when speaking to radio station AM 640 on Monday.

"From my take, at this point, I don't see any reason to put a new contract offer on the table here," Burke told AM 640. "I think that this might be time for a change of scenery for Nik Antropov. I don't think Nik's play has merited that discussion to this point."

Antropov has spent his entire NHL career with the Maple Leafs since entering the NHL in the 1999-2000 season.

The 6'6 Russian, who turns 29 on February 18th, has 16 goals and 22 assists for the Leafs so far this campaign.

Antropov was picked 10th overall (1st round) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

His most productive season came in 2007-08 with 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points in 72 games."

Personally, I'd like to have this guy play for us. He is big and has the talent to make him a complete player. I don't think he's shown everything he has to offer to the game yet. I can see him as a 30 goal scorer. With Burke's wonderful sales pitch I think his value has gone from a 1st round pick to a 2nd. This is the time for us to grab him and mold him into a valuable, productive player. What we can offer is the question.

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I've already posted this last night in the "Potential Trade Partners" thread, so I'll simply quote myself ;)

Not really a big surprise here, Nik Antropov is on the trade market. His contract won't be extended in Toronto:

"From my take, at this point, I don't see any reason to put a new contract offer on the table here," Burke told AM 640. "I think that this might be time for a change of scenery for Nik Antropov. I don't think Nik's play has merited that discussion to this point."

Source: TSN

Could we use him? Probably not. Top 10 pick that has pretty much underpeformed his entire career. If we were to trade Plekanec, Antropov could replace him and add some size to our team. Not much upside besides that though I find, he doesn't even play overly physical.

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That's how I feel as well. He hasn't fulfilled expectations in TO, what leads us to believe he'd succeed here?

Yeah, he's a big guy, massive actually. But he doesn't play like a guy with such a frame is supposed to play.

He's got the type of size we need up front, but in his 10+ seasons with the Leafs organization hes never provided more than a few sparse flashes of gamebreaking ability.

But who knows, a change of scenery might revitalize him.

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TSN:

"Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke wasn't pulling any punches in his assessment of forward Nik Antropov when speaking to radio station AM 640 on Monday.

"From my take, at this point, I don't see any reason to put a new contract offer on the table here," Burke told AM 640. "I think that this might be time for a change of scenery for Nik Antropov. I don't think Nik's play has merited that discussion to this point."

Antropov has spent his entire NHL career with the Maple Leafs since entering the NHL in the 1999-2000 season.

The 6'6 Russian, who turns 29 on February 18th, has 16 goals and 22 assists for the Leafs so far this campaign.

Antropov was picked 10th overall (1st round) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

His most productive season came in 2007-08 with 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points in 72 games."

Personally, I'd like to have this guy play for us. He is big and has the talent to make him a complete player. I don't think he's shown everything he has to offer to the game yet. I can see him as a 30 goal scorer. With Burke's wonderful sales pitch I think his value has gone from a 1st round pick to a 2nd. This is the time for us to grab him and mold him into a valuable, productive player. What we can offer is the question.

An under-achieving Russian player... No thanx, we already have enough on this team.

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All depending on his price..i would go for it... with the way the habs have been playing no move is bad move...

Sure he hasn't achieved what he was supposed to but hey, he isn't all bad...Give TO a 2nd rounder for Antropov and its a done deal

We have a team of under-achievers, how is getting another teams under-achiever going to help us out?

Like Regis said, giving up up good prospects on a player who has yet to live up to his potential just doesn't make sense.

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Personnaly I don't mind the guy he in the last couple of seasons has turned his luck around, but as was mentioned earlier he is injury prone, and I have a feeling Burke would ask not only for a draft pick but a solid prospect from us...that is unless we can grab Kaberle as well

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This guy isn't going to change the fortunes of the team

this is the key for me.

if a team like, say, pittsburg got him (and coverted him to wing) he might be useful, but for our squad, he's just more of the same. We've got plenty of 40 - 50 pt scorers. what we need is someone who can score, game in, game out - 80, 90, 100 points. We dont need a "top 6 forward" we need a guy who will come in & be the undisputed #1 (Centre or winger) on this team.

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Sure, let's give up drafts picks and some young kids ( that have all this great potential i keep reading about ) for a 3rd liner :rolleyes:

Sorry for being sarcastic but don't we have enough underachieving players

This guy isn't going to change the fortunes of the team

QFT

I agree with Regis on this one...Antropov will not be the answer to any of this team's questions...He'll simply create more questions.

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no offense but i think you guys are underrating antropov more than he should be...

highest total is 56pts yes, but he was PLAYING WITH THE LEAFS

how could u expect him to get big #'s when u got suck & suck on ur line.....hell last leafs player to put up big #'s in the past years was Sundin then McCabe and then Kaberle (just checked the stats at nhl.com)

I personally wouldn't mind having him, he shows heart when he plays

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