from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun, Every hockey team has them. Call them the grunts.
They are the fourth-liners who toil away from the limelight, content to do their part while others get the glory.
Not getting scored against is their top priority, getting down and dirty their M.O.
It’s hockey’s equivalent of down-on-your-knees, mud-under-the-fingernails labour, and if you don’t like it, there are plenty of others waiting in the wings to do it.
No, the pay isn’t great. But dammit, you’re in the NHL.
At least, that’s how it is for most of them.
Then there’s the Jets’ Nik Antropov: the $4-million foot soldier.
On pace for one of the worst seasons, offensively, of his career (he has 10 goals, 30 points), Antropov has become an interesting, and dare we say productive, role player.