Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that forward Sergei Shirokov has been reassigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
The 23 year-old Moscow native made his NHL debut with the Canucks playing in three games. The shifty winger, who led team scoring during the pre-season (2-5-7), had trouble finding his game during the regular season.
Shirokov netted 17 goals and 23 assists (17-23-40) in 56 games, last season with the Russian Club CSKA Moscow.
SNAPPED THE STREAK
Canucks snapped their three game losing streak with a blowout at home winning 7-1 over the Montreal Canadiens.
“It’s nice to get the win finally after four games,” said Roberto Luongo. “We spoke about relaxing before the game and just going out there and just having fun, playing our game and not worrying about our record right now.”
“We’ve had a lot of chances where it just seems the puck hasn’t been bouncing our way and we’ve been waiting for this, and tonight we got a few bounces here and there,” said Henrik Sedin, who had a 4 point night. “Seems easy but we’ve been working really hard for this.”
Twenty-four year-old Mason Raymond, who was bumped up to the second line alongside Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson, has been generating a lot of scoring chances but until recently hasn’t been able to cash in. Last night all three forwards found the back of the net.
“I think you’re always trying to push yourself,” said Raymond. “You always strive to be the best. There’s steps along the way to get there. I’ve gone through a couple of years learned a lot through the highs and the lows but that’s the past. I’m looking forward now and just trying to be good every game, consistent every night.”
“He’s definitely, with his speed right now, catching some opposition off-guard,” said Alain Vingeault.
“He is trying to use that speed and going to the net a bit more and we need him to have a breakout season, we’ve mentioned that before. He hadn’t been rewarded so far for all the chances that he had, hopefully tonight will be the start of that.”
Last night marked 25 year-old Tanner Glass’ first game with the Canucks. The gritty forward caped off the night with a plus 1 rating, a pretty good start considering prior to training camp Glass wasn’t even on head coach AV’s radar.
“Not at all,” replied Vingeault when asked if he knew how much bang for his buck the Canucks would be getting with Glass.
"The first time I saw him, he obviously caught our attention. I thought [Glass] brought a lot of energy [during yesterday’s game]. He was physical on their players when the opportunity was there. He was smart at both ends.”