December 7th 2009, has been circled on my calendar since the release of the 2009-2010 schedule. That day is approaching fast. It is the return of Nik Antropov and Pavel Kubina. A whole bunch of emotions are running trew my mind; happy to finaly see Nik and Pavel back to the big T.O., scared and nervous to see the reaction of the crowd.
Pavel Kubina was traded July 1st to Atlanta with the rights to Tim Stapleton for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart.
He played 215 games with the leafs. During those 215 games he had 32 goals, 69 assits, to make a total of 101 points. He also had a total of 258 Penelty Minutes.
Nik Antropov was drafted 10th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 Entry Draft. Nik was traded from the Leafs to the Rangers on March 4th 2009 and then on July 2nd signed a four year deal, worth 16 million with the Atlanta Thrashers.
During his 10 years with the Maple Leafs, in the year 2000, got married and had a son, Danil and in 2002 had a daugher, Nicole. He also became a Canadian Citizen. He played 527 games with Toronto. During those games he had 125 goals and 166 assits to make a total of 291 points.
You see Nik and Pavel had great moments in Toronto. They helped our team a lot. Pavel was a great defensement and Nik was a great play maker and teammate for Mats Sundin and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Monday night, you shouln`t be booing the numbers 77 and 80. You should cheer for them because of what they did for this organisation. You should be booing the guy watching from above, the reason why they aren`t with our organisation anymore, Brian Burke.
Nik Antropov and Pavel Kubina, thanks for the memories!