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The Maple Leafs have waited on Antropov for quite sometime. He is consistently injured and we have never seen him show any signs of developing into the player we once thought he would be.

I think it is time to let him go. We have some new talent that can take his play.
Even if it means getting a 3rd or 4th round draft pick, I would do it.
 

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Good to see someone agrees. They could have let him go for free, but JFJ qualified him so now he has to be traded for... um, can that still trade nothing for something?

He's pummelled his value well below the ground. I think the Leafs messed up again.
 

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Antropov's two-way showdown

AHL proviso may see lanky Kazakh running to arbiter

Buyout means Domi's days done in Leaf uniform

Jun. 27, 2006. 01:00 AM
KEN CAMPBELL
SPORTS REPORTER

The Maple Leafs could be headed to an arbitration showdown with Nik Antropov this summer after extending him a qualifying offer yesterday.

Leafs GM John Ferguson made the offer by last night's deadline, but the offer came with a caveat. It was a two-way offer, meaning that it also had a much-reduced minor league salary component attached to it. Under the terms of the offer, Antropov would make a little more than $1 million (all figures U.S. unless otherwise indicated) if he plays in the NHL next season, but just $95,000 (Canadian) playing in the American league for the Marlies.

In effect, the offer guarantees that Antropov will take the team to arbitration this summer in order to have the minor-league proviso dropped from the deal. Another possibility is that the two sides could come to an agreement, which would see the Leafs drop the minor league salary in exchange for a reduced salary at the NHL level.

Under normal circumstances, the Leafs would not have been able to offer the oft-injured winger a two-way deal, but under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, teams can offer two-way deals to their restricted free agents if they have played fewer than 60 games in the previous season or fewer than 180 in the previous three.

Antropov played in just 57 games this season and 19 of the 25 he missed were due to knee and chest injuries. He was a healthy scratch for one game and missed six games early in the season due to the death of his father.

There had been some speculation that the Leafs would not extend Antropov a qualifying offer, which would have made him an unrestricted free agent. That's what happened to unproductive winger Tyler Arnason of the Ottawa Senators, a player in which the Leafs had some interest prior to him being traded to the Senators from Chicago.

In all, the Leafs extended 10 qualifying offers yesterday, including a one-way offer to Matt Stajan and a two-way offer to Kyle Wellwood. Among others receiving two-way offers were defencemen Carlo Colaiacovo, Brendan Bell and Jay Harrison and forward Ben Ondrus.

In other news, it is not official yet, but veteran winger Tie Domi, one of the most popular players in franchise history, will be bought out of the final year of his contract by Friday. The decision has already been made and the Leafs are waiting this week to see whether they can move his $1.25 million salary in a trade in exchange for picking up salary from another team.

With the acquisition of Andrew Raycroft, who arrived in Toronto last night and will undergo a physical from Leaf doctors today, Ed Belfour will also be cut loose for $1.54 million, which will be spread over two years. That means the Leafs will take a hit of slightly over $2 million against next year's cap to get rid of Belfour and Domi.

One player the Leafs might have been interested in, Boston defenceman Nick Boynton, was traded yesterday to Phoenix for blueliner Paul Mara.

There was not much movement on the Chris Pronger situation yesterday, with Ferguson spending most of his day returning from the NHL draft in Vancouver. The Oilers still want Tomas Kaberle and Alex Steen in return for Pronger and the Leafs have countered with Kaberle and Stajan. At this point, the Leafs are holding firm on their insistence Steen not be included in any deal.

One reason for the Leafs' reticence is that they know they have only a two-year window to try to win a Stanley Cup with Mats Sundin and they're not entirely sure that acquiring Pronger will put them any further ahead. Getting Pronger would almost certainly give the signal the Leafs are intent on going after an elite forward to play with Sundin, but that will likely cost them about $7.5 million if it turns out to be Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils.
 
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