McCabe finished fourth in Norris voting

Updated: August 6, 2004, 4:42 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Defenseman Bryan McCabe and center Nik Antropov re-signed with the Maple Leafs on Thursday, days before their arbitration hearings.

McCabe agreed to a two-year deal worth a shade more than $9 million. He earned $3.5 million last season and will make $4.5 million next year and $4.55 million the following season. The signing came two days before his scheduled hearing.

Antropov has a one-year deal worth $1.3 million after earning $925,000 last season. He signed four days before his hearing.

McCabe had 53 points and a team-best 22 plus-minus rating last season when he was a second-team all-star. He finished fourth in voting for the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the league's best defenseman.

"He is a versatile player who is used in all key situations and has developed into a team leader," general manager John Ferguson said.

He played 75 games last season and had 16 goals and 37 assists. He was the first Toronto defenseman since Borje Salming in 1979-80 to be named to one of the league's year-end all-star teams. He ranked third among NHL defensemen in goals, fourth in points and fifth in assists.

He originally was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1993 and also has played for Vancouver and Chicago.

Antropov had 13 goals and 18 assists in 62 games last season. He added two assists in 13 playoff games. The Kazakhstan native was Toronto's first choice, 10th overall, in the 1998 entry draft.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.