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[VAN/FLA] Canucks trade F Sergei Shirokov to Florida F Mike Duco
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07-09-2011, 04:29 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
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B/c 3 years is not forever. He won't even be 30 when that contract expires, and he'll be playing in the 2nd best league during that period, so it's not like he'll be sitting on his ass getting fat. Barring legitimate attitude/insubordination issues, you never give up on talent, and as a fan of the Panthers since Day 1 vs. the 'hawks, I should now.
Shirokov was done with this franchise. He came here tried to make the team but just wasn't good enough for a top-6 role and isn't the type of player you put in the bottom-6, especially with the style and makeup of this team.
We got something for nothing here. Duco may never be more than a fringe NHLer who can play a few games on the 4th line. Still that fills a bigger role in this organization that a "top-6 or bust" player that can't make that top-6 and has already signed a 3-yr deal in the KHL. Shirokov wasn't going to make this team anytime soon. And with several top-6 winger options ahead of him both at the NHL level (Sedin, Burrows, Higgins, Raymond, Samuelsson, Sturm) and other top-6 call-up options on the farm (Hodgson, Schroeder, Rodin), he was going to be a wasted asset in this organization.
Good luck to him in the KHL (again).
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