8. That team’s blue line could really be poached. Another defender, 24-year-old Viktor Antipin (also a lefty), is expected to join Buffalo. If that is the case, the Sabres won a bit of a recruiting battle, with Calgary, Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh all poking around.
A defenceman in the mold of a Jared Spurgeon, Viktor Antipin continues to improve and exceed expectations year after year. Antipin is small for someone who plays his position but leaves it all out on the ice.
The left-shot defenceman isn’t afraid to put his body on the line as he consistently displays the willingness to get himself in shooting lanes and block shots. The defender has a deceptive shot for someone of his stature and has previously hit double digits in goals in the KHL.
Antipin played a vital role for the 2015-16 champion Metallurg Magnitogorsk and will be looked upon even more this time around as they gear up to defend their title. Antipin has represented Russia internationally on several occasions and put his talents on display most recently during last year’s World Championships.
Too bad Murray gave up nothing to get this guy. Another over payment! Sure he could have given up zero, zilch, nada, zip... but no he gives up nothing to get the guy. And we know nothing in life is free!
Is it out of the question that he bolsters Rochester?
I mean, obvious you tell the guy he'll have a good shot in Buffalo. But once his name is on paper, I mean.
If he's in the same ballpark as Zaitsev.....then yeah, it's pretty out of the question. I mean, to get him here I imagine that TM basically has to promise him a spot in the top 6 out of camp. Or at least a promise to NOT demote him.
Can't see him in Rochester....certainly not to start next season.
Depends on where we go from here. If you made up the depth chart now and presumed Guhle was an AHL tweener, he'd still probably be on the roster, just splitting that 6/7 spot with Gorges.
If we enter next season with McCabe, Antipin, Guhle, Gorges, and Falk as the top five LHD in the organization, I quit. I hope that Murray is envisioning acquiring another top-4 LHD prior to next season. Followed by Murray throwing Gorges into the river.