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06-12-2009, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by SonicY View Post
I could definitely see the Canucks pursuing a quality Russian FA to act as a mentor for a guy with as much potential as Shirokov. Much credit to Mike Gillis for running this organization with the utmost class.
Doubt it.

Shirokov is a middling B-level prospect whose chances of making the team next year are likely well below 50% as it stands right now.

You make that sort of accomodation if you draft a Malkin or Ovechkin. Not for a 6th round pick.

I'm sure the club will hire an interpreter to work with him and some language coaches, and do everything possible to ease his transition. But that will be as far as it goes.

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