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02-19-2013, 10:29 PM
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Antropov's speed

Is it just me or does Antro look even slower then last year,he is losing battles on be boards he is way to late to hit anyone he is constantly reaching just trying to keep up.i know he brings certain things to the table but I truly feel our team would benefit more from a high energy guy with lots of speed on the third line to cause turnovers and hem the other teams in.

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02-19-2013, 10:34 PM
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Antropov was flying out there. Looks like a young Teemu back in his prime. He's got some amazing footspeed

But actually, I don't think it's any surprise that he's that slow. His game isn't about speed, it's big slow and lumbering, but he makes surprisingly solid puck decisions and that's what makes him hold some value as a player.

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seriously... what is up with the antro hate? Didn't he beat an icing today in the Buffalo game? People need to lay off. He isn't all that slow. His size just make it seem like he is. I don't get why it's so hard for people to understand this.

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seriously... what is up with the antro hate? Didn't he beat an icing today in the Buffalo game? People need to lay off. He isn't all that slow. His size just make it seem like he is. I don't get why it's so hard for people to understand this.
He has 1 goal, 3 assists in 15 games, he's really slow, can't keep up with the play, is too slow to forecheck, can never get to a puck that's dumped into the opposition zone, but I do love to see him hammer the opposition on the rare occasion that he gets close to someone.

PS the dude is making $4.5 million this season or about $3 million more than he's worth.

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I just don't get the Antro love, sure he does come up with a good game every now and then but he really is too slow to be effective. He does have pretty good hands but is never used in front of the net.

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I just don't get the Antro love, sure he does come up with a good game every now and then but he really is too slow to be effective. He does have pretty good hands but is never used in front of the net.
Never said I loved him...
I just think that blind hate is as blind as blind love.

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02-20-2013, 12:28 AM
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il chime in and try and be somewhat neutral

i think the positives and negatives to antros game are obvious enough and have been beat to death, so no point in re hashing them

i personally feel that antro wont be in the plans for the team going forward. i think hes a decent player who can fill a role but maybe not fitting the direction this team appears to be headed

hes a little different than guys theyve recently signed. in fact all he has in common with them is size. we seem to be going after bigger players that can also skate well, crash and bang in the corners, and play decent defensively. not a personal shot at antro, but he would be considered a pretty "soft" player especially for his size.

the other reason i dont see him in the plans is the pricetag. obviously if we were to resign him it would have to be at a much lower salary. add to that he's fairly expendable... there are much younger/cheaper players that surely can match antropovs point production. especially if they were given the opportunity to play on the top line like hes been given.

im sorry a lot of that sounds negative, i actually like the guy. i think he'd be a good fit on an upper-tier team that could use a good cycling forward on the third line. he could also be that for us, but since we are a young team building for the future, i just dont see the need for his type of contributions at the moment. id much rather be investing this time in someone who can hopefully grow into that role (or better) and contribute for years to come.

i wouldnt be upset if they resigned him, but certainly wouldnt be sad to see him go either

in response to the original post... i dont see his speed as a liability. kane/burmi more than make up for him on that line in terms of speed. its not like hes on a line with 2 slugs

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il chime in and try and be somewhat neutral

i think the positives and negatives to antros game are obvious enough and have been beat to death, so no point in re hashing them

i personally feel that antro wont be in the plans for the team going forward. i think hes a decent player who can fill a role but maybe not fitting the direction this team appears to be headed

hes a little different than guys theyve recently signed. in fact all he has in common with them is size. we seem to be going after bigger players that can also skate well, crash and bang in the corners, and play decent defensively. not a personal shot at antro, but he would be considered a pretty "soft" player especially for his size.

the other reason i dont see him in the plans is the pricetag. obviously if we were to resign him it would have to be at a much lower salary. add to that he's fairly expendable... there are much younger/cheaper players that surely can match antropovs point production. especially if they were given the opportunity to play on the top line like hes been given.

im sorry a lot of that sounds negative, i actually like the guy. i think he'd be a good fit on an upper-tier team that could use a good cycling forward on the third line. he could also be that for us, but since we are a young team building for the future, i just dont see the need for his type of contributions at the moment. id much rather be investing this time in someone who can hopefully grow into that role (or better) and contribute for years to come.

i wouldnt be upset if they resigned him, but certainly wouldnt be sad to see him go either

in response to the original post... i dont see his speed as a liability. kane/burmi more than make up for him on that line in terms of speed. its not like hes on a line with 2 slugs
I agree. I don't mind him as a player because he is not a liability. Slow footed or not, he manages the puck very well. At 1.5 million he's a good bargain.

If there are suitors for his services at the deadline, I'd wish him well and let him go.

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is "Antropov's speed" really a thread!?!?!

If he had speed he would probably be an elite player

...But seriously

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Is it just me or does Antro look even slower then last year,he is losing battles on be boards he is way to late to hit anyone he is constantly reaching just trying to keep up.i know he brings certain things to the table but I truly feel our team would benefit more from a high energy guy with lots of speed on the third line to cause turnovers and hem the other teams in.
It's just Antro being Antro

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seriously... what is up with the antro hate? Didn't he beat an icing today in the Buffalo game? People need to lay off. He isn't all that slow. His size just make it seem like he is. I don't get why it's so hard for people to understand this.
i was at the game. Antropov wasn't even forgettable. he was honestly that bad.
he barely seemed to put in an effort. best play? he was forechecking and was attempting to push the defender into the boards. he barely touched the defender and fell down. it was TimBits hockey-esque.

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02-20-2013, 09:11 AM
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I want so bad to defend the big Kazakh but I'm just so tired of this argument.
OK, you Antro haters win. Waiving the white flag.

p.s. I'd be happy to re-sign him at $2 mil per

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02-20-2013, 09:27 AM
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I'm curious if any of the pro antro people have seen him live lately. You do not get the same quality evaluation on tv. It's very noticable how many times we lose posession because he's half a step behind.

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I'm curious if any of the pro antro people have seen him live lately. You do not get the same quality evaluation on tv. It's very noticable how many times we lose posession because he's half a step behind.
I've seen him live three times. The last game against Boston, I will agree he looked sluggish. I commented in the post game thread as such. I liked what I saw in the other two games though.

wait, I was done defending him. You baited me Allan!

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A few games before the trade deadline we should ask the rest of our players to skate slower so the scouts from other teams think he is fast and we get more in return

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A few games before the trade deadline we should ask the rest of our players to skate slower so the scouts from other teams think he is fast and we get more in return
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Dude is still smart as hell on the ice and knows where to go ahead of time. But he is deadly slow and can't sustain energy for normal shifts. I think we need to say "thank you very much for all you've done" and send him to a contender - for whatever.

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I'm curious if any of the pro antro people have seen him live lately. You do not get the same quality evaluation on tv. It's very noticable how many times we lose posession because he's half a step behind.
I go to every game...

Live you really see what he does away from the puck. Everyone knows he is slow but he knows where to be on the Ice and when you pair him with speedy guys like Kane and Burmi it balances out his lack of Foot Speed.

In a perfect world he skates like Wheeler but he Skates like me... In Quick Sand!! lol

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Rico Fata wants you to know that foot speed is the only thing you need to be effective in the NHL. Ever.

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I loved him in the Philly game. Right at ice level, he kept up with the play, was great positionally, was a menace in front of the net and even gave it to that little puke Rinaldo.

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Antropov with his size should ideally just park in front of the net and screen knocking any rebounds back into the net. That's what Paul Maclean did when he was with Hawerchuk. Too bad there's no Hawerchuk with this team.

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He's a good hockey player.

Pretty sure if he was making ~$1m, his "speed" wouldn't be an issue.

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He skates like he has cinder blocks on his feet.

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He's a decent player who makes a little too much money and is miscasted in a top 6 and PP role. None of which outside of his salary is his fault. He works fine in a third line role but I also agree that his playing style may not fit this team beyond this year.

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