Antropov eyes return

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Nik Antropov is determined to join his teammates for their final charge.

Antropov, whose most productive NHL season was interrupted by a knee injury on March 15 against the Buffalo Sabres, is aiming to return tomorrow night in Boston.

"That's my goal," Antropov said. "I have to skate in a full practice, do some drills, see how it feels. But if feels good, then I am ready to go (tomorrow)."

If Antropov, who has 26 goals and 26 assists in 70 games, says he can play, coach Paul Maurice won't argue.

"I think he has had enough injuries and experience to know when he is ready," Maurice said. "If he says he will be ready, he will be in our lineup,"

Maurice said last night he expects Antropov in the lineup for tomorrow's game but is unsure about Mats Sundin.

QUINN RESURFACES

Former Leafs coach Pat Quinn yesterday was named coach of Canada for the under-18 world hockey championship next month in Russia.

"I have a lot of experience I can share with them if they are open-minded," Quinn said during a conference call. "It's like anybody trying to learn, if you're open-minded, you've got a chance."

Quinn was fired by the Leafs in April 2006 and has not been back in the NHL, but he coached Canada at the 2006 Spengler Cup.

"They'll be listening to things that I've asked of the men I've had a chance to coach, and that's about sacrifice, about discipline, heart and courage and passion for the game," Quinn said.

SHOVEL THIS

Though the actual ground-breaking happened a couple of weeks ago, an official ceremony marking the event will be held today for the new arena the Leafs are building in Etobicoke, not far from Lakeshore Lions Arena. The new rink, slated to open in the fall of 2009, will serve as a practice facility for the Leafs, Toronto Marlies and Hockey Canada. It will be a community rink as well.


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