Leafs sign Antropov to one-year deal


Toronto Maple Leafs: Nik Antropov signed a one-year contract Friday
with the Maple Leafs after a season in which he had a
career-high 16 goals and 29 assists.

Antropov's qualifying offer was $726,000 and the Leafs were
thought to be offering slightly more than that.

The 23-year-old forward played in 72 games last season for
Toronto, which selected him as the 10th overall choice in the 1998
draft. The native of Kazakhstan has played 201 NHL games, totaling
35 goals, 59 assists and 199 penalty minutes.

Colorado Avalanche: Alex Tanguay, who scored 67 points last season in
rebounding from an off year, signed a one-year contract Saturday.

He was the only Avalanche player still unsigned with training
camp beginning next week, said Pierre Lacroix, president and
general manager. Terms were not disclosed.

"With all of our players under contract one-week before the
start of training camp, we are looking forward to and exciting and
entertaining season," said Lacroix. "Alex played very well for us
last season and we expect him to continue to be one of the top
young players in the game. He has been part of our organization
since he was drafted in 1998, and he's an example of the great way
we have drafted over the years."

Tanguay bounced back from a poor 2001-02 season by posting 26
goals and 41 assists while playing on a high-scoring line with
Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk.

Tanguay has recorded 83 goals and 160 assists in 310 NHL games.

St. Louis Blues: Defenseman Murray Baron, who played six seasons for St. Louis in the 1990s, has rejoined the Blues by signing a free-agent deal.

Baron, 37, had six points and 62 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He was with them for six seasons, serving as an alternate captain the last three seasons.

He previously played with the Blues from 1991 to 1997, with 12 goals
and 35 assists in 329 games.

"Murray will increase our defensive depth and experience,"
general manager Larry Pleau said. "He brings added character to
our club and plays a style that is tough to play against."

Washington Capitals: The Capitals have re-signed right wing Ivan Ciernik and signed free-agent left wing Darcy Verot, both to one-year contracts.

Ciernik had eight goals and 10 assists in 47 games for the Capitals last season. The Slovak also spent time with the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, recording four goals and six assists in 13 games.

Verot spent last season with the St. John Flames, Calgary's AHL affiliate. In 73 games, he had five goals, 11 assists and 299 penalty minutes.

The Capitals open their exhibition season Sept. 18 against Pittsburgh in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.