Photo credit: canucks.com Yuliya Talmazan is a Russian-born Vancouverite who blogs about all things Russia. She tracked down Vancouver Canucks prospect Sergei Shirokov, who, incidentally, will appear in the AHL All-Star Game tomorrow, and conducted an email interview with Shirokov. Ms. Talmazan posted the interview on her site and she asked if we can share it with Canucks fans; of course, we were happy to oblige. YTFiles: Sergei, you are currently playing for the Manitoba Moose, and are the top scorer on the team. But, I am sure what you really came here for was Vancouver Canucks. When do you...Click here to read more.
Well, you didn’t expect the Canucks to go 107-0 this season, did you? Without further adieu, here are today’s Canucks-related links: Cody struggles, Canucks lose. Hodgson still hurt, Shirokov skating today. Surprise, surprise… Sami got hurt again last night (but apparently he’ll be okay). Andrew Raycroft has a leg up on Cory Schneider in the battle for the backup position. More on Raycroft vs. Schneider here. Canucks get a new dressing room. And damn does it ever look slick. 29 players are left in Moose camp.Click here to read more.
It’s been clear from day one that Shirokov is here to make the NHL. He’s divulged that publically, and he’s made a statement on the ice. Hodgson has looked lacklustre this pre-season at best. Granted he’s had a back in jury that kept him out of the first few games, since his return, he’s been skating but there hasn’t been that edge to his play. I remember watching him last season at Canucks training camp and in the pre-season game I went to, and you could see that even though he was making rookie mistakes, and was a little nervous,...Click here to read more.
Shirokov. That’s his name. He pronounces it “nyet” not “net” and he’s hyped. People have been getting really excited about this kid and one of the reason’s might be just that, he’s not exactly a kid. The 23 year old russian who spent time playing with CSKA Moscow of the KHL came over to North America on a mission. He wants to play in the NHL. It’s clear watching him in practice that his mentality is completely different than the other prospects out there. He’s different than the other rookie prospects because he’s not truly a rookie rookie. The 23...Click here to read more.
By now, you’ve probably seen the following video of Shirokov stickhandling his way around Canucks Prospects Camp: Amidst all the Cody Hodgson hype, it’s nice to see someone else step up and steal the spotlight. By all reports, Shirokov has been one of the best players – if not the best player – in camp. He’s older than most of the kids there and his three years of pro experience in Russia is obvious. He’s got good hands and a good attitude. From Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun): Shirokov was more than OK. His patience, skill and vision with the puck...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
So, it’s been a while, eh? This lovely summer weather hit and I turned into a total blogger slacker. I do apologize my lovelies. – The Penguins win last night delighted me. There’s a lot of guys I like individually on the Wings but I just wanted it more for the Penguins. Tangers made me weep when he mentioned Luc Bourdon and winning it with him. That is why I wanted the Penguins to pull it off. Geno Malkin was ALL KINDS of adorable in his post game interview. Oh the broken English “Big day…my life…my friends happy…I happy” Ahhhhh....Click here to read more.
I started writing this post to point out the Canucks’ God-awful drafting history – after all, not one single Canucks draft pick since 2006 has suited up for the team yet – but with Michael Grabner and Cody Hodgson seemingly having taken further steps in their development this season and news that 2006 6th round draft pick Sergei Shirokov has agreed to a deal in principle this week to come to North America, I had to give pause and revisit what I wanted to say. While Dave Nonis and Mike Gillis have made decent strides in selecting NHL-caliber players in...Click here to read more.
A couple of days ago, GM Mike Gillis went on The Pipeline Show and indicated that the Canucks were close to signing one its three Russian prospects. The Russian players that were mentioned (Sergei Shirokov, Ilya Kablukov and Kiril Koltsov)… The one that we have and I won’t mention his name – the number one prospect in that group – we’re very close to signing and bringing over. Yesterday, a rumor surfaced that the Canucks had indeed signed Sergei Shirokov. The team hasn’t confirmed this yet so I suppose we’ll cross our fingers and wait until they do. The Canucks...Click here to read more.