Antropov rehab continues, hopes to be ready by training camp

As promised, here is the update on Nik Antropov leftover from Thursday’s trip to the Thrashers practice facility.

Antropov started skating last Tuesday as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. He said he hopes to be ready by the start of training camp next month.

“Slowly but surely,” Antropov said of the rehab process after taking part in a voluntary workout on Thursday. “I have been doing rehab all summer, since day one. Last week, for the first time, [I started skating].

“I hope [to be ready by training camp]. Hopefully, yes, but maybe two or three days after. We have to wait and see how it reacts. Every day is a new day for me.”

Antropov would not reveal the exact nature of the surgery to fix the injury that plagued him for part of the season. It ended his year with two games remaining after the Thrashers had been eliminated from playoff contention.

“You’ll have to ask the doctors,” he said. “It was something about fixing the cartilage.”

The rehab process is now designed at getting the strength back in a leg Antropov didn’t use for more than a month after the surgery.

“We just have to put the strength back and go from there,” he said.

Antropov also did not to put a percentage on how healthy his hip is after just resuming skating. He did say Thursday’s skate, with 15 other Thrashers players, was his best since returning to the ice.

Some leftover items from my conversation with Thrashers GM Rick Dudley:

* Dudley said he wouldn’t be surprised if first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov made the NHL roster. He would become the third straight top pick to make the team right after being drafted, joining Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane. Burmistrov and Patrice Cormier are legit prospects, Dudley said.

“I see no reason why not,” Dudley said of Burmistrov. “I watch him and his skating is not going to keep him out of the league. He’s a great skater. He’s hockey sense is off the charts. His work ethic is as good as it gets. And he’s got grit. The only question, obviously when we drafted him, is this is a very slight kid. Last night he weighed out at 179 [pounds]. He understands what he needs to do and he’s done it. He’s worked at getting stronger. I think I said if he could get to 180, I’d feel very comfortable. That’s about where he’s going to be.”

Burmistrov said he weight-gaining plan has been simple. “Work out and eat,” he said. “Eat a lot.”

* I asked Dudley if he was more concerned with the defense or offense at this point of the offseason. Here is his answer:

“I want to make sure our defense is a top defense. We feel pretty good about our goaltending. We could be really good there. We think our defense is good if we can allow a guy like [Dustin] Byfuglien, or if one of the other guys steps up, then we are real good back there. Our forwards are going to be fine. A lot depends on how much we get out of some people, but I expect Evander Kane to have a real good year. I expect [Bryan] Little to have a real bounce back year. I think he looks really good. Would I be surprised if [Alexander] Burmistrov contributed to our team? I wouldn’t be surprised at all. [Rich] Peverely we expect good things out of him. [Andrew] Ladd is going to give us his 15-25 goal range. I think he gives you so much more than the goal totals. That’s the reason we wanted him in the first place. He’s going to rub off on the other guys, his energy. We think [Chris] Thorburn is capable of scoring. He did in junior. I know the player really, really well way back from [OHL] Sudbury. I think he’s capable of being more than a fourth-line guy. If that happened we are in pretty good shape because he’s a big, fast guy that plays with an edge. Those guys, if you can play them a lot, in a top-three line situation, that’s invaluable. We also have [Patrick] Rissmiller. There are things that are questions, but they are all positive questions.”

Back to the last weekend of vacation. There is still plenty to check off the honey-do list. Come Monday, there is only two weeks until the start of rookie camp and full camp begins five days later.

72 comments Add your comment

SomaAtl95

August 27th, 2010
9:31 am

Thanks Chris! Enjoy the rest of your vacation :)

TrueBlue

August 27th, 2010
9:37 am

I would be pumped if Burmistrov made the team. I don’t know why, but I love watching our first round picks jump right into the mix. I have always hated being excited about drafting a guy and never even seeing them play for the team. Also, I am excited about the excitement he could potentially bring to the team.

ChippersLoveChild

August 27th, 2010
9:42 am

“We also have [Patrick] Rissmiller”

Seriously? For scoring depth? Oy….

Sara

August 27th, 2010
9:43 am

So basically as long as all our forwards have career years, we’ll be fine. :/

Brendan

August 27th, 2010
9:50 am

I’d center the Thrashers marketing campaign around Antropov. He’s got 3 years left, and I think the ladies kinda like him. He might even be a candidate for Captain.

Zombie Steve

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

What about Bogo?

Rhythmpenguin

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

I think Duds is trying to build as much positive energy as he can. The better players feel and the more excited they are the better they are going to play. Not enough solid positive energy (and probably too much negative energy) has really hurt us in the past. It is part of the transition from expecting to loose to expecting to win.

SteveT

August 27th, 2010
9:56 am

Kinda funny that Rick Dudley claims he knows Thorburn “really, really well”, and then he refers to him playing for Sudbury. He never played for Sudbury! He played for North Bay and then a year split between Saginaw and Plymouth.

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
10:14 am

Steve – well that would explain why he has Thorburn confused with someone who knows how to score! ;-)

Duds has seen way too many hockey games as a scout to possibly remember every player he’s seen and what they did in Junior 10+ years ago.

Now that we see the rest of his quotes, I think it’s becoming obvious that he’s trying to engender a sense of confidence in the younger guys coming to camp so we get their best, most determined efforts to make the squad. You want Burmie, Patrice, Espo and Petterson coming in with real motivation thinking they can make the squad.

And by talking up Big Buf as a D-man, it just fuels the fire for Kulda, Valabik, Meyer, Postma etc to come in to camp with something to prove. Training camp is going to be very interesting to say the least.

Jim Friendly

August 27th, 2010
10:17 am

We will be damn lucky not to finish in the SE celler. this club has done little or nothing to improve the team, the Chicago moves were weak at best and Mason is nothing more than a Moose replacement. Lucky to hit the 80 point mark, we need more scoring and I simply do not see it.

Get The Puck Out

August 27th, 2010
10:25 am

Sounds like Mr. Friendly has no faith in Duds at all. I will give them benefit of the doubt. I think they wiil be an improved team, but i still think they need more scoring.

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
10:29 am

@ Jim Friendly – hey Jim! Get me a sundae and shut the hell up! To paraphrase Richard Pryor ;-) I kid, I kid. Well, perhaps not.

Sara

August 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Brendan – Antro may well be a good choice for Captain. Hard to know though when you aren’t in the locker room.

I expect that ultimately they will be looking to Kane or Cormier to wear the C, but I don’t think it’s time yet for that to happen. Cormier hasn’t even made the team. It would be a good idea I think to let a vet take on that role for a season or two at least while the young ones establish themselves and the organization waits to see who emerges as a leader. That said, I would certainly smack some A’s on at least 2 young jerseys – perhaps Bogo and Kane.

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution Analysis: Antropov skated on Thursday, although he doesn’t appear to be 100 percent for training camp. Expect him to be questionable for the start of training camp at this point. [...]

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution Analysis: First-round picks Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian have made the squad in each of the last two seasons, so it’s entirely possible that the eighth overall pick in the recent entry draft could make the team. Burmistrov scored at a point-per-game pace in the OHL last season, but he may need to put on more size to compete at the NHL level. [...]

Flames

August 27th, 2010
11:05 am

Sara-I believe Zach already has an “A” on his jersey. I really wouldn’t mind Evander getting one as well. I made some phone calls about Duds story….Something isn’t sitting well with this. Like I stated in the other blog. I really believe that a trade is in the works. It might include Berfors and Boris. This is just speculation on my part. What team is having Cap problems that might unload a scorer? Philadelphia (Carter) etc……

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
11:09 am

Flames – interesting speculation indeed. But it would probably take Bergfors + Valabik (at the very least, perhaps a draft pick too) to get Carter. But I think I dig it. Carter centering Kaner and Antro would be a dream-like scenario. And you’re right, Dudley is doing an awful lot of chatting to the press in the weeks leading up to training camp.

Where there’s smoke there’s….flames? LOL

kracker

August 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Good one, Smoothie! Real…..smooth

Flames

August 27th, 2010
11:15 am

Smoothie-That is a great analogy!!!! I love it…..

Sara

August 27th, 2010
11:22 am

According to both capgeek and nhlnumbers, Vancouver, Boston, and Calgary are all over the cap as of right now. The Wings, Rangers, Sens, and Flyers all have less than $1M in available cap space. You would think for sure the 3 over the cap HAVE to do something between now and training camp. But if you presume that we would send Bergs and Valabik as examples back in a trade, a player with a cap hit of at least $5 or 6M would have to come back this way to give them cap relief overall.

For Calgary that means either Iginla or Bouwmeester. For the Canucks, the twins, Kesler, or Luongo are the only ones with cap hits that high. Only Thomas and Chara have cap hits above $5M for the Bruins. I’ve seen Twitter buzz about Kesler being on the market. Boston wanted I think to move Thomas but didn’t get takers (go figure). Haven’t heard anything about Calgary.

Those situations will bear watching though.

kracker

August 27th, 2010
11:34 am

Sara, There has been considerable salivating in these parts about acquiring Iginla. He is signed for 3 more years which would put him at his 36th birthday the summer after his contract expires. Basically we would be surrendering a considerable amont of young assets for 3 years of Iginla.

I don’t think trading Bergfors negotiating rights + Valabik + a pick(s) will get that trade done. It would take a signed player, wouldn’t it, unless Van (or another team) is sure they can sign Bergfors to a deal that makes everyone happy?

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
11:36 am

The other interesting aspect of this trade scenario with Philly is that they may be toying with the idea of bringing in Antti Niemi if they can move Carter’s salary for a legit and workable return. The only sticking point is that Philly does have 8 NHL-capable D-men now under salary. They may actually be more open to moving Carter’s $5 M for let’s say Bergfors (@ $2.25-2.5 M), a grinder (uh, Chris Thorburn @ $660 K), and a forward prospect like Aliu, Telegrin or someone of that ilk. That would leave Philly with $2.5-$3.5 M to pay someone like Niemi in UFA.

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
11:38 am

kracker – just keepin’ it reeeaaallll smoooooooth. That’s how I roll.

Andrew

August 27th, 2010
11:43 am

Great job Chris. Thx for the report and updates throughout the summer! Looking forward to proving all the haters wrong this year hopefully.

Rick

August 27th, 2010
11:44 am

I really like the idea of Antro as captain. I was really impressed with the way he put the team on his back after Kovy was traded and how in every interview you’d see with him, he never talked about himself, only the team. Plus, he’s one of the older guys on the roster and he’s got more than enough experience with the media from his time in Toronto.

It would be like a Jason Arnott scenario, where he was Captain until Shea Weber had enough experience to take over the role. Plus, this would give Bogo and Kane time to figure out their game without the pressure of the ‘C’.

By the way Chris, these pre-training camp reports have been awesome, keep it up!

Olivia

August 27th, 2010
11:56 am

Would someone please explain why there is no mention that Duds expects a good year out of Bergfors? He talks about Little, Peverly, Burmi, and Kane.

BG33Brown

August 27th, 2010
12:16 pm

I think Ladd should be the captain however….i don’t think he will be b/c of his contract being a 1 year deal.

rob

August 27th, 2010
12:18 pm

Hockey is back in the air!!!! Love it. To all the HATERS…….F off eh! Go cheer for the Leafs, or the Oilers, or some other team and stay off the Thrashers blog, you have too much time on your hands!

MashaPlayer7

August 27th, 2010
12:34 pm

Hey Chris,

Off topic – but I have a great idea for a story. Given the all of the young players on the Thrashers roster, I’d like to know if the organization conducts any programs that help shape off-ice behaviors, responsibilities, etc. I know the NFL does an annual, mandatory NFL rookie orientation that goes into the dangers of money, stardom and being young. Given the Healtey history, the unconfirmed nightime exploits of Kari Lehtnonen, and now a player – Cormier – with off-ice criminal history (due to his on-ice hit), I’d like to see what the Thrashers do in terms of building the character of these young men.

Thanks as always for the news!

Steve

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
12:39 pm

Thanks to Flames, I am now drooling at the prospect of a major trade that would net us a player of Carter’s caliber, not to mention grit.

Who wouldn’t like to see this line-up in 2 years??

Kaner – Carter – Antro (OMG that would be bomb)

Pevs – Johnny Burma – Big Buff (uhhh, yeah he’s a fwd Duds)

Laddy – Cormier – B-Lits / Klingy

Eager / Boultsy – Slater / Lits – Machacek / Klingy / Freddie P

Bogo & Kulda

Hains & Oduya

Tobes & Zubie / Postma (w/ Tobes getting PP mins)

Mason & Pavelec with the other Freddie P waiting in the wings

I kinda like that….A LOT!!

Thrashers27

August 27th, 2010
12:44 pm

Smoothie, I gotta ask…who the h-e-double hockey sticks is “Johnny Burma”?

Smoothie

August 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

Just a nickname I coined for Alex Burmistrov…long story.

Chris Vivlamore

August 27th, 2010
1:10 pm

SteveT: Good call on Thorburn. Looks like Dudley misspoke. Thorburn did play in North Bay and Saginaw. I will leave it since it’s in a quote from him.

Flames

August 27th, 2010
1:18 pm

Smoothie-I love that line-up!!!! Now that would be a great Hockey team….Oh Hockey God Please!!!!Please!!!Please!!!! make this happen.

MashaPlayer7- That is what I do for the Thrashers! That job is already taken….

Joey M

August 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

Hey Chris. Is there any chance we will see Garnet Exelby in a Thrasher’s uni this season? His checks are second to none. And he keep other team’s honest I think.

Brendan

August 27th, 2010
1:30 pm

Sara, definitely agree that there are teams out there in cap trouble. If Atlanta could just spend more, it could seriously start to rival Tampa Bay, in terms of volume of offseason moves made.

Sara, I can only speculate on Antro, or any player, as a possible Captain. I would think, down the road, that Zach Bogosian merits consideration for the Captaincy. But uhh, he’d have to re-sign that RFA contract first. (Which I’m sure he will, barring an RFA offersheet.)

Ladies, let me ask you … do you think Nik Antropov is one of the better looking men on our team? If so, Marketing Department, you need to start plastering this guy’s face on billboards. AirTran, you out there? Delta?? Zoo Atlanta?? Whomever. Kari Lehtonen and Ilya Kovalchuk’s face aren’t on billboards anymore. So, someone must take their place. I’d go with Kane, Antropov, and Bogosian. Hopefully the ladies find these guys handsome and the guys think these are some of our better players.

Jeff97

August 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

Here is the one thing that I dont think can be underestimated in trying to aquire a guy like Iginla…his leadership. he would be a great mentor to guys like Bogo and Kane. So what if it is for only 3 years. Just think of what he and the team could accomplish in those 3 years. he would solve the captaincy issue as well. I would easily give up Bergfors/Valabik or another 5-6dept D man and a pick for that.

Another suggestion for that trade would be Peverly as he is a good player with a cap friendly salary that Calgary would like.

I also would have no problem with getting Jeff Carter.
Lets get this season started already!

Brendan

August 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

Reading Steve T’s post, I thought of something entirely unrelated. Why haven’t we had an update about Kalamazoo, MI? We don’t talk about Western Michigan University NEARLY as much anymore in these parts. What with it being Don Waddell’s alma mater and all. (Snicker, snicker.)

So, who will be the first victim to tell me all about Marquette, MI, and the upper penninsula of the Great State of Michigan, … and how wonderful is it there … and what a windfall of talent that Northern Michigan Unversity produces for the hockey world’s enjoyment? More specifically, its ability to land upper echelon GM’s into southern U.S. hockey markets.

kracker

August 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

Oh, crap…I just noticed I said Van above when I meant Cal. Oh well.

Brendan

August 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

Kracker, everyone knew what you meant. Well observed, as well.

Flames

August 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

MashaPlayer7-Sorry I lied!!! I’m in the mail room…

kracker

August 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

Thank you, Brendan.

Barry

August 27th, 2010
2:37 pm

I still don’t like the idea of Byfgulien playing D. We need his skills and size up front at forwards playing top of the crease.

alex

August 27th, 2010
2:51 pm

imajine if same interview instead off dud. we get from waddell. everybody would kill him like a clown and idiot, but because this is dud. some take this trash seriosly. really, thornborn going to be scoring mashine, or we going to get fantastic year from 8 pick. remember we got 29 from 1st kovy and several benching also. and how many scored kane # 4 phisically and skill wise more advanced than burmi. more realistic this skinny kid got crashed by somebody like chara, lose confidence and his carrier going to take couple step back. one of two: or dud forced to be in a cheap asg camp following owners paycheck, or this is fog, something serious is coming. current status this team specially offensive is awful. common dud we are not stupid

Rhytnmpenguin

August 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

BOOOOO Trolls

kracker

August 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

SE Div chatter – Link >> kuklaskorner NHL Hockey: The Improving Southeast Division: from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider, Every team in the division… http://bit.ly/9Pzz2J

Zombie Steve

August 27th, 2010
3:30 pm

alex……..wut??

Zombie Steve

August 27th, 2010
3:30 pm

goose

August 27th, 2010
4:15 pm

Smoothie what about sopel

Hockey Biltong

August 27th, 2010
5:30 pm

Deep breaths, people….

Sage of Bluesland

August 27th, 2010
10:55 pm

Atlanta Dream are the first Philips Arena team to clinch a Conference Championship berth. Maybe that’ll get the ice birds fired up? I emailed Don Waddell with the good news, but he hasn’t answered yet. Maybe he’s partying with the Dream, a team with great ownership and management (you’re welcome, Atlanta).

Brendan

August 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Geez, more Sage imposters? I saw this on Khabibulin. What is it about speeding in Ferraris? http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=331847

Brendan

August 28th, 2010
1:29 pm

Our ol’ friend Clarke MacArthur signed a 1-year deal with the Leafs. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=331935

Brendan

August 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

Btw, the Leafs saved $1.3 million off the arbitration award, which was $2.4 million. I guess we credit Dudley for not overpaying, right?

JR

August 29th, 2010
11:02 am

any news on schubert? who else is still unsigned by the thrashers?

JR

August 29th, 2010
7:33 pm

i think that schubert has been abducted by aliens. no one seems to know anything about his staus or where he is.no one seems to care either.

Rhythmpenguin

August 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Maybe he’ll learn some martian hockey moves. =)

Brendan

August 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

JR, it looks as if Schubert, and Mark Popovic for that matter, are the odd guys out. I think the Thrashers are looking at Kulda and/or Postma to fill out the Defensive roster.

Brendan

August 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

If anyone wants to record a piece of NHL history, the 7th game between the Flyers and Bruins is airing as we speak on the NHL Network. The Flyers become the 3rd team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. And in the process, they overcame a 3-0 deficit in Game 7, as well. Truly, a collapse of epic proportions for the Bruins. If you’d asked me if the Bruins were capable of dropping that series, once up 3-0, I would have said, “It’s theoretically possible, but extremely improbable.” And up 3-0 in Game 7, I would have told you, “It’s O-VAH. Finito. Caput. Terminado.” And yet, the Flyers won. For Boston fans, Opening Night can’t get here … soon enough.

KLS1

August 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Gotta sign Bergfors before we can discuss trading him. And getting Jeff Carter for Bergfors is not a good trade.

And as for Buff, why don’t we let the coach decide where he is going to play instead of the GM. I like Dudley but I am starting feel a little like Jerry Jones is in the building.

I appreciate the urgency from Dudley, but players gotta play…what’s on paper rarely guarantees success…see New York Rangers.

Jack

August 30th, 2010
10:02 am

Rangers or Mets for that matter. If we sign Bergfors, I really dont htis we will trade him.

Troll

August 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Enter your comments here

DaveR

August 30th, 2010
7:47 pm

I really like Bergfors. But you can’t overlook that Waddell didn’t even mention him – a projected first-liner, based on what he he did last season – when he was talking about the contributions he hopes to get from the forwards.

DaveR

August 30th, 2010
7:49 pm

Check that – I meant Dudley.

Brendan

August 31st, 2010
1:40 pm

JR

August 31st, 2010
2:27 pm

thanks brendan. i suspect that schubert would be more effective than some of the other guys, either as a forward or as a defenseman. doesn’t look as if anyone in hielse is interested mwould be a cheap hire. so i’d hope that he

kracker

August 31st, 2010
7:10 pm

Uh oh….need to get this done b4 camp!

ajcthrashers Told that talks between Thrashers, RFA Niclas Bergfors are very slow.

kracker

August 31st, 2010
10:19 pm

Has anybody been watching the players out at DIF?? I have to work and I don’t think they work out on the weekends :(

farel

September 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

why is there no Thrasher news on a consistent basis?

Joe McGrath

September 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Duds must sign Bergfors. He’ll then have him a bonifide 35 goal scorer for 2010-11 season. Bergfors is the next Kent Nilsson.

Worst Team in ALL of Professional Sports

September 3rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Doesn’t matter, this is the worst team in ALL of professional sports

Worst Team in ALL of Professional Sports

September 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

farel – because this is easily the worst team in ALL of professional sports, run by the Atlanta Suckit Group