NHL Trade News: Canucks Trade Sergei Shirokov to Panthers for Mike Druco

July 9th, 2011 by Sean Larson Leave a reply »
The Vancouver Canucks made another relatively quiet offseason move, acquiring left winger Mike Duco from the Florida Panthers in exchange for left winger Sergei Shirokov.

Druco scored 20 goals, 31 points, and spent 126 minutes in the penalty box in 67 games last season with the AHL's Rochester Americans. He played two games for the Panthers and spent 10 minutes in the penalty box during those games.

Druco is young at 24 and has plenty of time to continue to develop in the minors before the Canucks find a place for him on their roster in the future.

The Panthers, who have been making the most noise during this free agency period, picked up Shirokov, a 2006 sixth-round draft pick who had back-to-back 22-goal seasons with the Maniotba Moose. He appeared in eight games for the Canucks, scoring one goal.

While this trade involved two young players who have yet to prove themselves in the NHL, it should help the Canucks in the future. One of their offseason goals, especially after Raffi Torres left town, was to acquire a hard-nosed player not afraid to fight.

Druco could provide just that in the future. His numbers in the minors have ...

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