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03-31-2009, 11:58 AM
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Torts Interview on the Fan 590

http://fan590.com/media.jsp?content=...31_124658_8412


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I like his assesment of Avery in this. Seems like he really likes the way hes playing.

edit: also has pretty high remarks for Antropov. Except his corner play, which from what Torts says he thinks he could work a bit more.

all in all good interview. thanks for this.

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03-31-2009, 12:12 PM
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Great interview!


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I like his assesment of Avery in this. Seems like he really likes the way hes playing.

edit: also has pretty high remarks for Antropov. Except his corner play, which from what Torts says he thinks he could work a bit more.

all in all good interview. thanks for this.
He said he didnt think Antropov battled as hard as he could every shift but then he put that on himself saying that its his responsibility to get him there. But yes, he was extremely high on Big Nik so im very confident he will be with us next season.

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that is an interesting commong on Nik, although I think that's hie MO and getting him to play hard every shift over an 82 game sked may be difficult. Good luck to Torts on that one - I'm glad he put the responsibility on himself.

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Its hard to tell how hard Big Nik is working. He has zero accelleration so its hard to tell if he is dogging it or just trying to get some steam going. If he didn't cover so much ground with each stride he'd be the slowest player in the league. Once he gets going, it isn't quite as noticeable.

He does look like he needs a kick in the ass sometimes though. Considering how well he has been playing, if Torts can really light a fire under his ass, imagine what Nik's ceiling is.

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Antropov's speed makes playing on a Torts team tough. Playing for Torts, you want to be aggressively forechecking constantly but I keep seeing Antropov trying to chase down players, knowing that he doesn't have the speed to get where he needs to be in time. By the time he gets to where he's supposed to be, he has to skate twice as hard the opposite way to get back into the play. So there are times when it doesn't make sense for Antropov to forecheck as hard as someone like callahan, but he's trying anyway because he doesn't want to look like he's not putting the effort in.

Rock and a hard place for a coach. Can't let one player be an exception to a team strategy but you certainly don't want Antropov to keep putting himself behind the play. Only solution is to get Antropov to have a grueling offseason working on skating and speed.

If Colton Orr can do it, so can Antropov.

Right?

You give Antropov some wheels and his value skyrockets.

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That's probably what Leafs fans have been saying for years

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IMO Torts really wants Antropov back. I am sure he asked specifically for him at the deadline and from everything I have heard and read he really thinks he can make him into a very important player for this team.

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If the Rangers re-signed Antropov and got him on a stricter conditioning program over the off season and added 15%-20% more speed to his game through a combination of 5-10 lbs of weight loss and lowerbody training he could be a superstar in this league.

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why not just make him the high forward on that line ? Have Dru and Z forechecking.

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Is Antropov's lack of high-end foot speed due to conditioning, as some suggest here, or could it have something to do with the two knee surgeries he had at the start of his career, as well as his size?

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Is Antropov's lack of high-end foot speed due to conditioning, as some suggest here, or could it have something to do with the two knee surgeries he had at the start of his career, as well as his size?
How many 6'6 guys have good acceleration? Chara sure doesnt, Artyukhin doesn't, Malik sure didnt. And the 100's of other hockey players who never made the NHL at that height sure didnt. It would be extremely rare if a guy of his height had an explosive acceleration.

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How many 6'6 guys have good acceleration? Chara sure doesnt, Artyukhin doesn't, Malik sure didnt. And the 100's of other hockey players who never made the NHL at that height sure didnt. It would be extremely rare if a guy of his height had an explosive acceleration.

I agree.

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Antropov only started skating when he was 14.

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Gotta make sure of this real quick
Did they say after a win at MSG AGAINST the new york rangers? wth?

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