Big Nik headed to Big Apple, Kalinin to the desert

courtesy of the Hockey News and Getty.
Wednesday’s trade deadline saw the Toronto Maple Leafs send Nik Antropov to the New York Rangers for a 2009 draft pick as well as a conditional pick in 2010. Antropov, who was excluded from Tuesday’s loss to the New Jersey Devils in anticipation of a move, will feature in the Rangers dismal power play as his 6’6 frame will help up front. The 29-year old Antropov is in the final year of a two-year contract and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. It will be just his second club in his nine-year career. With his addition to the Rangers roster he is tied with Scott Gomez for second most points this year, one shy of Nikoali Zherdev.

He could also possibly center Zherdev. Coaches often believe fellow countrymen or a common language can have a great chemistry, which may be the case here. While Antropov is from Kazakhstan and Zherdev, Ukraine, both have played in Russia. Antropov should feature in tomorrow’s game against the New York Islanders but his debut may be overshadowed by the return of super pest Sean Avery.

The Rangers also made another trade later in the day to acquire defensemen Derrek Morris from Phoenix for Dimitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha, and Nigel Dawes. The 28-year-old Kalinin, a Chelyabinsk native, only registered 1 goal and 12 assists in through 58 games.

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