Mon Jul 11 07:46am EDT
Russian left wing Sergei Shirokov(notes) left his home country and a good offer in the KHL two summers ago to play for the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. Instead, he's played a lot for the team's AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.
While he's done just fine with the Moose -- scoring 10 points in his first 10 games with the team, making the AHL All-Star team twice, ranking third overall in goals for AHL rookies, leading the team in scoring -- he hasn't spent that much time with the big club. In the last two years, he's played eight games with the Canucks, scoring once.
The team traded him to the Florida Panthers on July 9 for Mike Duco(notes), but word from Sport Express, Russia's sports daily, is that Shirokov is done with North America and isn't going to report to the Sunshine State. Instead, Sport Express reports that the 25-year-old Shirokov will head back to Russia to get some more playing time with his old club CSKA Moscow.