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06-25-2008, 09:14 AM
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The only two forwards that are any account that TO might move are Antropov and Ponikarovsky. Both could likely be had for just Klein or Klein and a mid-round pick.
Poni is a natrual winger who scored 20 goals the first two years after the lockout and scored 18 in 66 games last year. He's a solid 40-45 point guy but 20 of those are usually goals. It's kinda hard to tell though if Sundin is the one influencing his point totals or if he can do that without Mats as his center. Making $2.24M this year and $2.5M next year.
Antro didn't miss significant time with injury for the first time since 02-03 and played pretty well... but therein lies the problem: he's EXTREMELY injury prone. He's versatile, though (can play both wing and center) and is probably a better player than Ponikarovsky... but he's a high-maintainence player and not someone we'd want, IMO. Makes $2.15M this year and is a UFA next July.
They could think about moving Blake as well, but he's 35 and under contract until 2012 (longest contract on the team).
Antropov would demand more than Klein in return, especially coming off a great season. Blake is one of the worst contracts in the league, at this point.
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