Nik Antropov inks 2-year deal with KHL club
Former Winnipeg Jets forward joins Astana Barys
Former Winnipeg Jets forward Nik Antropov has become the latest NHL player to join the Kontinental Hockey League.
The 33-year-old native of Kazakhstan signed a two-year deal with Astana Barys of the KHL on Thursday, the club announced.
He was coming off a four-year, $16.25-million US contract with Winnipeg.
Antropov spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers-Jets franchise, and amassed six goals and 12 assists in 40 games last year for Winnipeg.
The six-foot-six, 245-pound unrestricted free agent was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (10th overall) in 1998.
In 788 career regular-season NHL games over 13 seasons with the Leafs, Thrashers, Jets and Rangers, Antropov has 193 goals and 465 points.
He's the fifth NHLer to join the KHL this off-season. Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Alex Burmistrov, and Kurtis Foster have all headed overseas.