Even after signing a two-year, two-way deal with the Canucks, it appears that Shirokov’s move to North America may not be certain.
From James Mirtle:
Russian winger Sergei Shirokov is the talk of Canucks circles these days after he signed a two-year two-way contract with Vancouver for a salary of about 875,000 a season last week. Drafted by the Canucks in the sixth round in 2006, Shirokov has impressed at the world juniors and other international events, and currently plays for CSKA Moscow, where he had 41 points this past season.
The tricky part is the fact that Shirokov’s rights still belong to CSKA, and the team has initiated legal proceedings over the NHL deal he’s signed. It’s hard to say how this one turns out at this point.
Without a transfer agreement in place between the NHL and Russia, I guess this isn’t too surprising. Even Evgeni Malkin, if you remember, had to sneak out of Russia to play for the Penguins. (And no, I’m not comparing Shirokov to Malkin. I wish…)